Entertainment One has debuted the first trailer (UK) for the upcoming Stephen Frears’ film Lay the Favorite, which is based on the memoir by Beth Raymer and chronicles her rise from a Las Vegas cocktail waitress to a top sports bookmaker.
Bruce Willis will play Dink Heimowitz, an ex-New York bookmaker who mentors Raymer (Rebecca Hall) in the sports gambling business. Justin Timberlake will play Rosie, a Long Island bookie with a massive operation which Raymer used to work for. Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Tulip, Dink Heimowitz’s wife.
Lay the Favorite premieres in UK on June 22nd, 2012 and a US release date is still to be decided.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
Beth Raymer is a beautiful girl with a big heart who leaves her dancing job at a Florida strip club to become a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. Not exactly an ideal career choice, but her borderline-ditzy personality doesn’t give her many options. In walks Dink, a professional sports bettor who sees through her bubbly exterior and offers her a job placing wagers all over town to gain an advantage over the casinos. Her surprisingly impeccable mind for numbers soon cements her status as Dink’s good-luck charm, until his gorgeous-but-frigid wife, Tulip, starts to get jealous. Faced with no other choice but to fire Beth, Dink’s luck runs out when she heads to New York to work for a smarmy bookie, a turn of events that lands her squarely on the wrong side of the law.