Jake Gyllenhaal Will Gamble in Mississippi Grind

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Jake Gyllenhaal is producing and is in talks to star in Mississippi Grind, the new film by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the writing-directing duo behind Ryan Gosling's Oscar-nom-getter Half Nelson as well as 2010's It's Kind of a Funny Story*. The film centers on two gambling addicts enabling each other on a road trip through the south. Gyllenhaal would play the younger vagabond, while the elder — which THR dubs "a plum role for Hollywood's fortysomething set" — has yet to be cast.

* This post has been corrected to note that while Gyllenhaal is producing the film, his deal to star in it has not yet been finalized.