Principal photography has been completed on “Lay the Favorite”, an audacious dramatic comedy starring Golden Globe winner Bruce Willis (“Red”, “The Sixth Sense”, “Die Hard”), Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall (“The Town”, “Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona”), Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”, “Oceans 12”) and Joshua Jackson (“Cruel Intentions”, “Apt Pupil”) set in the eccentric, wild, extremely funny and lightning-paced world of legal – and illegal – sports gambling, under the direction of Oscar and BAFTA-nominated director Stephen Frears (“The Queen”, “High Fidelity”) from a screenplay by BAFTA- nominated DV DeVincentis (“High Fidelity”, “Grosse Pointe Blank”). Wild Bunch and Emmett/Furla Films are financing “Lay the Favorite”.
“Lay the Favorite”, based on the book by Beth Raymer, “Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling”, is being produced by BAFTA-nominated Anthony Bregman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “Friends With Money”), Randall Emmett (“Rambo”, “16 Blocks”), George Furla (“Rambo”, “16 Blocks”), DV DeVincentis and Paul Trijbits (“Jane Eyre”, “Tamara Drewe”).
“Lay the Favorite” follows unpredictable dreamer Beth (Rebecca Hall) as she goes from in-home stripper in Tallahassee to gambler’s assistant in Las Vegas, working for Dink (Bruce Willis), one of the most successful sports gamblers in the business. She takes to the work like a natural, but makes the risky bet of falling for Dink, much to the chagrin of his retired showgirl wife Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones). That bet goes south, and a triangular war ensues.
Against Dink’s protests, Beth goes to work for the flamboyant, unstable Rosie who runs a less-than-legal operation in New York City, then for his doomed hyper-speed online sportsbook in the betting Babylon that is Curacao. When Beth’s risky gambles result in her innocent boyfriend Jeremy (Joshua Jackson) threatened with prison, she must reunite with Dink, face up to the fearsome Tulip, risk jail, and return to New York City to confront her responsibilities. Can she beat the odds and win the day?
In the end, Beth rises to the occasion, saving her boyfriend and winning a stunner of a wager, for a whole lot of money, at the buzzer of a Nets game!
The film was shot in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and New York.