Oscar Isaac has landed himself a role in ‘First Reformed’ filmmaker, Paul Schrader’s revenge thriller ‘The Card Counter’.
Isaac will play the role of William Tell, a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past.
Tell just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. He sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. Gaining backing from mysterious gambling financier La Linda, he takes Cirk with him on the road, going from casino to casino until the unlikely trio set their sights on winning the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.
Schrader has written the feature which he will also helm. Braxton Pope and Lauren Mann will produce.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin early next year.
Schrader’s last film saw Ethan Hawke take the lead in ‘First Reformed’. Schrader also reunites with cinematographer Alexander Dynan and editor Benjamin Rodriguez Jr on ‘The Card Counter’ after working together on the film which had Hawke play an environmental activist minister.
Isaac, as well as lending his voice to Gomez Addams in the recently released animation ‘The Addams Family’ can currently be seen in Netflix’s thriller ‘Triple Frontier’. December will see Isaac reprise his role of Poe Dameron in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’.