The film industry is one of the wealthiest and varied businesses in the world, with cinematic releases coming thick and fast. But, despite classic (and successful) films such as Rainman, Casino and Ocean’s Eleven, casino-set films are not exactly two-a-penny. That may be about to change, as here’s three on the horizon:

The Gambler – 2014
Set for release on December 19th 2014, The Gambler is a remake of the classic 1974 Karel Reisz film. The plot is based around a literature college professor Jim Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg, who has an appetite for high stakes gambling. He eventually runs into trouble, has to take a payment from a loan shark and struggles to pay it off. Bennett takes a loan from this Grandmother, and wins a small fortune in Las Vegas on the roulette, but ends up blowing it all on baseball bets. The film is set to have some great casino scenes, with a lot of the work done in Las Vegas.

Bond 24 – 2015
Although the plot for the upcoming James Bond release has not been announced, it would be rather against the 007 tradition for there not to be any casino based scenes. Throughout Bond’s history, he has always been a cool character when it comes to gambling with high stakes, be it his prized Aston Martin or a small fortune of cash. Star Daniel Craig has announced that he hopes to bring a some of the Roger Moore comical irony back to the character, so hopefully we’ll see some great one-liners when Bond has defeated his enemies on the casino floor. Or will we see a modern Bond on his smartphone instead accessing an online casino like, either way it will be worth the wait to see how big budget this is.

Short Feature for James Packer’s Casinos
Yes, you may look at this and think “why is this an upcoming cinematic release” when it is being made for a casino chain, but the cast and director are all Hollywood icons. The feature is to be directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, and he has called on some old friends to take part. Robert De Niro and Leonardo Di Caprio, who have starred in 15 Scorsese films between them, will join Brad Pitt in an all-star cast of cinematic greats to create the short film. The film will be released in conjunction with the opening of Studio City, a new movie themed resort in Macau created by Melco Crown.

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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle