Bruce Willis has signed on while Justin Timberlake and Catherine Zeta-Jones are said to be circling roles in Stephen Frears’ gambling film “Lay the Favorite” at Focus Features says Vulture
Based on Beth Raymer’s bestseller “Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling”, the story charts her rise from lowly Vegas cocktail waitress to one of the top sports gambling bookmakers. Rebecca Hall will play Bet
Willis would play Dink Heimowitz, a cantankerous ex-New York bookmaker under whom Raymer apprenticed in the earlier part of the decade. Zeta-Jones would play his wife, while Timberlake would play a Long Island bookmaker who runs a massive off-shore sports book.
D.V. DeVincentis (“High Fidelity,” “Grosse Pointe Blank”) adapted the script and shooting aims to kick off in April.