Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese is set to collaborate with Academy Award nominee Paul Schrader once again, as reported by Deadline. Schrader will direct the revenge thriller “The Card Counter” while Scorsese, coming off his Oscar nominations for “The Irishman,” is set to executive produce.
This will mark the fifth time the pair have worked together, with Schrader having written or co-written screenplays for four of Scorsese’s previous films. They first teamed together in 1976 with “Taxi Driver,” and followed up the film’s success with “Raging Bull” in 1980. Despite both being Best Picture contenders, Schrader’s screenplays were not nominated for either film. They also collaborated on “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Bringing Out the Dead,” with “The Card Counter” marking the first time they’ve crossed paths in over 20 years.
Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) will play the leading role, with Willem Dafoe (“The Lighthouse”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”) and Tye Sheridan (“Dark Phoenix”) making up the supporting cast. The film centers on a keen card player, Tell (Isaac), who is approached by a young man, Cirk (Sheridan), who is seeking help to execute a plan for revenge on a military colonel (Dafoe). While receiving backing from a financier, La Linda (Haddish), Tell and Cirk hit the road together, travelling from casino to casino before trying their hand at winning a tournament at the World Series of Poker.
Schrader will also be writing the script as he did with the acclaimed “First Reformed” in 2019, which brought the veteran filmmaker his first Academy Award nomination. Cinematographer Alexander Dynan and film editor Benjamin Rodriguez Jr will reunite with Schrader, having worked together on his previous feature about a struggling minister.
International sales at the European Film Market are being handled by HanWay Films, with David Gonzales of Northside Services and Endeavor Content overseeing U.S. sales, as per Deadline. Braxton Pope, Lauren Mann and David Wulf will produce.
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