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The Card Counter | September 10, 2021 | Paul Schrader directs. Oscar Isaac stars

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Here’s the first look at Oscar Isaac in Paul Schrader’s upcoming pic The Card Counter, in which he plays William Tell, a former serviceman who lives a spartan existence playing cards before he moves into the world of high-stakes poker.


As Deadline first revealed, the movie has been on production hiatus since March after a cast member tested positive for COVID-19 five days out from the end of shoot.


However, I can now exclusively reveal that cameras are set to get rolling again in Mississippi from early July after a week of prep, with SAG and the local authorities having cleared it to resume. The production will be implementing coronavirus preventative measures to keep cast and crew safe on set, and both the larger crowd scenes and scenes involving intimacy between actors are already in the can so the hope is it will be smooth sailing to completion.


The Card Counter also stars Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe. Schrader wrote the script and is directing. Braxton Pope, Lauren Mann and David Wulf are producing, with William Olsson and Martin Scorsese as executive producers. HanWay Films is handling international sales with David Gonzales of Northside Services and Endeavor Content overseeing the U.S. sale.


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Focus Features has set Sept. 10 for the Paul Schrader’s revenge thriller The Card Counter


The new movie from the original screenplay Oscar nominee of First Reformed follows Tell (Oscar Isaac), a guy who just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk (Tye Sheridan), a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel (Willem Dafoe). Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.


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1 minute ago, EmpireCity said:

Have you guys ever actually seen a Paul Schrader directed movie?  This is full on pulp Schrader.  

This looks more like The Canyons Shrader than Mishima/First Reformed Shrader 

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Looks like a return to his slick crime/crime-adjacent dramas with a coat of existentialism like American Gigolo, Light Sleeper and The Walker which I guess was predictable, he wasn't gonna do another First Reformed. Those movies are a mixed bag at best, hopefully this is better than at least some of them. I wonder what would have happened if he'd gotten to make Nine Men from Now instead of this.

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I actually dig the background. Looks fun. :lol: 🎴


Card Counter premieres at Venice tomorrow with The Power of the Dog and Hand of God which came to the festival with considerably more buzz.  So it might get a little bit lost in the shuffle unless one or both of these favorites underperforms and it overperforms. Just saying that I expect the main portion of reactions to be about the Cumberbatch movie which is super hotly anticipated, second only to Dune (Friday). 

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