The Card Counter re-teams director Paul Schrader with Martin Scorsese and adds Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe alongside Oscar Isaac.
Though Paul Schrader is probably best known for his work as a screenwriter, his 2017 directorial effort First Reformed — which he also wrote — garnered him wide critical acclaim and attention.
Now, the writer-director is back with The Card Counter, his first film since that 2017 feature, and one that will re-team him with frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese, who has signed on to executive produce.
This will mark the fifth collaboration between the two, as Schrader has written Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead.
“Scorsese and I liked the symmetry of it,” Schrader said of his creative reunion with Martin Scorsese. “The reflection of a long association and mutual love of hand made films.”
Deadline has also confirmed that the revenge thriller film has cast Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem DaFoe, joining the previously announced Oscar Isaac.
The Card Counter is described as a revenge thriller that will center on William Tell, a card player and former serviceman whose spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, an angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Gaining backing from mysterious gambling financier La Linda, Tell takes Cirk with him on the road, going from casino to casino until the unlikely trio set their sights on winning a World Series of poker tournament.
Oscar Isaac (Star Wars, Ex Machina) is set to play leading man Tell. Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One) will play Cirk, Willem DaFoe (The Lighthouse, Aquaman) will play the military colonel, and Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) will play gambling financier La Linda.
No word yet on when The Card Counter will be released.