How to Win at Blackjack: 21 Trailer Starring Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne

In the early 90’s, a group of brainy MIT students laid out a plan to beat casinos at blackjack… and proceeded to win over and over and over again, until they were all quite rich. Eventually casinos got wise to their scheme (which was, in fact, based on legal card counting tactics), and personal conflicts within the group brought their so-called “lucky streak” to an end. The story is detailed in Ben Mezrich’s book Bringing Down The House (and also this Wired article), which is now being turned into a major motion picture directed by Robert Luketic (Monster-in-Law, Legally Blonde, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!). They have wisely decided to change the name of the movie to 21, however, so as not to cause confusion with the Steve Martin/Queen Latifah comedy.

Although there’s no George Clooney or Brad Pitt in this caper flick, we do have Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Jim Sturgess and Laurence Fishburne instead. The story sounds interesting, and considering that the book was on the New York Times Best Seller list, I imagine it has a strong following already. The trailer has just gone online over at Yahoo!, and it looks pretty cool. I was about to comment on the use of yet another Spoon song in a movie trailer when I realized it was actually the song “My Mathematical Mind”… which I suppose kind of makes sense. At any rate, I’ll be going to this movie (along with everyone else) for one reason only: to learn how to get rich. 21 hits theatres on March 28th.

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  • There was a nice little Canadian movie starring GingerSnaps actors Katharine Isabelle (ginger) and Kris Lemche (Sam) (and as a bonus, the always delightful Julian Richings (Cube, Hard Core Logo, etc.)) Called THE LAST CASINO which was loosely based on that same book (Bring Down the House). Since It never made it beyond Canada’s low rent HBO (The Movie Network), few people are aware. It is certainly watchable though.

  • Dvak

    After reading the book I was totally looking forward to this movie. But after watching this trailer I’m thinking that Hollywood may have ruined it.

  • I was watching that trailer and I couldn’t help thinking “I’ve seen this movie already” and it was called ‘The Last Casino’ and apparently it’s not known very well… which makes it even more weird that Kurt already mentioned it. Small world?

  • Alright, so I’m going to search for a copy of “The Last Casino”.

  • Rachel

    Jim Sturgess is a sexy beast :]