Focus Features have just dropped the official trailer for Paul Schrader’s new film The Card Counter. The dramatic thriller starring Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe will be having its world premiere at this year’s Venice International Film Festival. The famed director Martin Scorcese will be executive producing along with William Olsson, Lee Broda, Ruben Islas, and Stanley Preschutti. According to Variety, The Card Counter follows:

William Tell (Isaac), 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 (Sheridan) seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. 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 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.

Focus Features will release THE CARD COUNTERin theaters on September 10, 2021.


Paul Schrader is the Oscar-Nominated writer/director who wrote Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and most recently First Reformed. The enigmatic filmmaker had had a string of duds in the last two decades before that Ethan Hawke-led thriller, however. With The Card Counter, it looks like he is back on another hot streak… because this cast and the film itself looks absolutely amazing! Schrader is the king of intense and captivating character dramas and this looks no different. Look for The Card Counter to start showing up on pundit’s Oscar shortlists.

The Card Counter will be in theaters, September 10, 2021.

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