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Mark Wahlberg to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in The Gambler

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Sep 12, 2013 | 1:00pm EDT

Actor Mark Wahlberg is set to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in a remake of the 1974 James Caan movie The Gambler, according to U.S. reports. The Titanic star was first attached to the lead role in 2011, with his frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese tapped to direct, but The Hangover filmmaker Todd Phillips took over the project a year later (12), with no mention of DiCaprio's involvement. Now Deadline.com editors claim Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt will helm the remake, with Wahlberg stepping into Caan's shoes to portray the main character. The original version of The Gambler, which also starred Lauren Hutton and Paul Sorvino, was about a college professor with a gambling addiction who falls foul of a mob of gangsters.

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