WHO’S IN IT?

Mark Wahlberg (The Departed), John Goodman (Argo), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Michael K. Williams (12 Years A Slave), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond The Pines), George Kennedy (The Naked Gun), Richard Schiff (Man of Steel), Leland Orser (Taken)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), director; William Monahan (The Departed), writer; Robert Chartoff (Rocky), Stephen Levinson (Lone Survivor), Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter), David Winkler (Trespass) and Irwin Winkler (Goodfellas), producers; Jon Brion (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Theo Green (Blue Moon Rising), composers; Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty), cinematographer; Pete Beaudreau (Margin Call), editor

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Jim Bennett (Wahlberg) is an English professor and a high-stakes gambler who borrows money from a gangster (Williams) and offers his life as collateral. As he constantly tries to keep one step ahead of the game, his relationships with his wealthy mother (Lange) and a student (Larson) are left in the wake, and Jim must take the ultimate risk if he is to be granted a second chance…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

Mark Wahlberg takes on the same role that James Caan once took in the original 1974 film that this remake is based on, only updated for a modern-day setting and with more smart-alec anecdotes by the writer of The Departed.

WHEN’S IT OUT?

FRIDAY 23RD JANUARY 2015