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Review of The Card Counter Trailer: Oscar Isaac Stars in Paul Schrader’s Revenge Thriller

Focus Features has dropped the official trailer for Paul Schrader’s upcoming revenge thriller The Card Counter, starring a stellar cast led by Oscar Isaac. The Card Counter trailer, which you can check out below, features Isaac as an ex-military interrogator turned gambler who gets haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions. The film is set to arrive in theaters on September 10, which pits it against two other competitors in the form of James Wan’s newest horror thriller Malignant and the Kristen Bell-led comedy Queenpins.

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The Card Counter is written and directed by Paul Schrader, with long-time collaborator Martin Scorsese set as an executive producer. It stars Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Moon Knight), Tiffany Haddish (Girls’ Trip, and Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One), and four-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse),

In the film, William Tell’s spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. Gaining backing from mysterious gambling financier La Linda, Tell takes Cirk with him on the road, going from casino to casino until the unlikely trio set their sights on winning the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. However, things get difficult when Tell realizes that trying to keep Cirk on the right path proves to be an impossible task as he gets dragged back into the darkness of his past.

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The Card Counter is executive produced by William Olsson, Lee Broda, Ruben Islas, and Stanley Preschutti. Producers are Braxton Pope and Lauren Mann and David Wulf.

Schrader is best known for writing the screenplays to Martin Scorsese’s iconic films such Taxi Driver, Bringing Out the Dead, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Raging Bull. The project marks their fifth collaboration together.

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