Gambling problems seem to be a perennial spur for drama and action in movies, and in the coming months we're already preparing to meet Mark Wahlberg's (Lone Survivor) take on the trope in The Gambler. But for an even tougher version, here comes Jason Statham (The Expendables) in his latest thriller, Wild Card.
Statham plays Nick Wild, a Las Vegas bodyguard with a lethally particular set of skills and some real money issues.
But when his best friend is beaten up by a thug, our anti-hero takes matters into his own fists and strikes back, only to discover the assailant is the son of a powerful mob boss. Thus Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, menaced by enforcers who want his scalp for their gangster bosses.
Statham's old The Mechanic (2011) director Simon West is behind the camera for this one, working from a script by screenwriting legend William Goldman (The Princess Bride) – Wild Card is a second attempt at the disastrous Burt Reynolds vehicle Heat (1986. With Michael Angarano (Red State), Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa), Dominik García-Lorido (City Island), Anne Heche (Donnie Brasco), Sofia Vergara (Machete Kills), Max Casella (Insode Llewyn Davis), Jason Alexander (Shallow Hal), Hope Davis (Real Steel) and Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) all aboard, Wild Card hits US screens on 30 January, but has yet to receive a UK release date.