The story follows risk taker Jim Bennett (Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg), both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler. Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael K. Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake.
Bennett decides to plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance.
Check out the latest footage along with the official poster from The Gambler, which opens in limited release on December 19th for an Oscar-qualifying run before it goes wider later in the New Year: