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Justin Timberlake, Catherine Zeta-Jones Likely to Bet on Lay the Favorite, Take the Dog

Update! Insiders tell Vulture exclusively that now that Bruce Willis is committing to star as a professional gambler-in-shambles named Dink, the rest of the cast for Stephen Frears’s sports-gambling movie Lay the Favorite, Take the Dog (adapted from Beth Raymer’s memoir) is falling quickly into place at Focus Features: We now hear the odds are good that Justin Timberlake will play the part of Rosie, a Long Island bookmaker who runs a massive off-shore sports book under which Raymer (to be played by Rebecca Hall) apprenticed. We also hear the smart money is on Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones signing on to play Tulip, Willis's wife. Just in the nick of time: Shooting on the picture — described by Variety as equal parts The Grifters and High Fidelity — is scheduled to start in April.

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