According to Production Weekly, Hayden Christensen will play "Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth in the biopic The Madison Kid .

In 1989, the 24-year-old Hellmuth became the youngest World Champion of Poker by defeating the two-time defending champion, Johnny Chan, in the World Series of Poker main event. Hellmuth attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for three years before dropping out to play poker full time much to the chagrin of his father, a professor at the school.

Hellmuth's friend, Bob Soderstrom, wrote the script which is scheduled to begin filming April or May in Winnipeg, Canada.

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