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Paul Schrader’s Crime Drama ‘The Card Counter’ With Oscar Isaac Sets Fall Release Date

Paul Schrader photogrpahed at the PMC
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Paul Schrader’s crime drama “The Card Counter” is coming to theaters this year.

The film, from Focus Features, has been slated to release on Sept. 10.

Schrader wrote and directed “The Card Counter,” a revenge thriller about a gambler who attempts to guide a young man out for revenge against a mutual enemy. The cast includes Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe.

The story follows Tell (Isaac), whose spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk (Sheridan), a vulnerable young man seeking help to executive his plan for retribution on a military colonel (Dafoe). Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk, but keeping him on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible and drags Tell back into his dark past.

“The Card Counter” is Schrader’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated “First Reformed,” a drama starring Ethan Hawke as a Protestant minister who struggles with his faith. Martin Scorsese is executive producing the film, marking their fifth collaboration following “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Bringing Out the Dead.”

Additional executive producers include William Olsson, Lee Broda, Kathryn M. Moseley, Tiffany Boyle, Elsa Ramo, Ruben Islas and Stanley Preschutti. Braxton Pope is producing “The Card Counter” with Lauren Mann and David Wulf.

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The movie began filming in early 2020 and was paused due to the pandemic. It resumed later in the summer and was completed last July.

Focus Features will distribute “The Card Counter” in the U.S. and parent company Universal Pictures will distribute internationally in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, ANZ, China and other overseas territories.