The Card Counter focuses on William Tell, a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Tell just wants to play cards. His 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. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.
The report states that Tye Sheridan (whose credits include X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The Night Clerk) will be playing the role of Cirk, Tiffany Haddish (whose credits include The Kitchen and Like A Boss) will be playing the role of La Landa, and Willem Dafoe (whose credits include The Lighthouse and Togo) will be playing the role of the military colonel.
The same report states that Martin Scorsese executive produce the project, marking the fifth-collaboration between Schrader and Scorsese (previous collaborations being Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation Of Christ and Bringing Out The Dead).
Speaking about collaborating with Martin Scorsese again, Schrader said:
Scorsese and I liked the symmetry of it, the reflection of a long association and mutual love of hand made films.
The film is set to be produced by Braxton Pope and Lauren Mann, with William Olsson and David Wulf serving as executive producers. Alexander Dynan is the cinematographer for the project and Benjamin Rodriguez Jr. will be the editor.
The Card Counter is set to be shopped by HanWay Films for international sales at the upcoming EFM (European Film Market) in Berlin.