Could Acting Opposite Mark Wahlberg Be the Thing That Makes Brie Larson’s Face Famous?


Though she’s still a spectacularly young lady, Brie Larson has been a presence in the acting world for quite a while now. If you look back at her filmography, her earliest work came in the late 90s, when she must have still been knee-high to a grasshopper. Still, it’s only been in recent years—let’s say since her reoccurring role on TV’s United States of Tara ended—that her career has started to show signs of giving off sparks that are bound to start a fire.

Since 2011 Larson has shown potential in head-turning but small roles in things like Rampart, The Spectacular Now, and most recently Don Jon, she proved herself to be likable on a mainstream level by killing it as the main romantic interest in 21 Jump Street, and she proved herself to have the dramatic chops necessary to anchor a film as its star with the small scale drama Short Term 12. Brie Larson isn’t yet a name that many people know, but she’s starting to become a “that girl” that people recognize, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before she gets that one important role that takes her to the next level and establishes her as one of the hot new faces of young Hollywood. It’s said that cream always rises to the top, after all.

We bring all this up because Deadline has a new report that Larson is currently in negotiations to act opposite Mark Wahlberg in the remake of 1974’s The Gambler that’s currently being put together by director Rupert Wyatt. Wahlberg is one of the most mainstream stars in the movie industry today, and after making the questionable in concept Rise of the Planet of the Apes a huge hit both commercially and critically, Wyatt is one of the most sought-after directors currently working, so it doesn’t take much skill as a prognosticator to predict that The Gambler will be a big movie that gets a lot of promotional power put behind it. That could mean huge things for an actress like Larson, who seems to be just on the brink of breaking out, and who always manages to take whatever balls she’s handed and run with them.

There isn’t any word on the specifics of the role Larson is up for, but if William Monahan’s script ends up taking the lead of the ’74 original, one would imagine she’d be playing the put-upon young girlfriend who funds the lead’s gambling addiction and takes the brunt of his abuse. If that’s the case, then Larson should be provided plenty of tasty, tasty drama to sink her teeth into, and it would be difficult to imagine her not giving a performance that’s worth crowing about in such a situation. Probably it’s only a matter of time before this young lady gets the role that ensures we’ll be seeing plenty more of her in the future, but it would still be nice if this deal came together quickly and this became the one that did the trick, wouldn’t it? Let’s hope for the best.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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