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De Niro courted for Gambling Man

Robert De Niro is being eyed for the lead in Gambling Man: Photo © De Niro courted for Gambling Man Photo

Robert De Niro is being sought for the lead role in casino drama Gambling Man.

Borsalino Films has acquired the rights to casino boss Gary Green's gambling memoir and The Godfather star is one of the actors they are approaching to appear in the movie adaptation.

"De Niro is certainly the most recognised of the actors we are eyeing for the lead in this landmark investment; but we there are several in contention and we have not even begun official talks," confirmed Lu Nay, of Puji Capital, one of the Shanghai China groups funding the Borsalino project.

The book contains many colourful anecdotes from Green's career in "the casino racket and not the gaming industry", tracing the boss's adventures through the history of the casino world from the last days of Meyer Lansky to being appointed a Donald Trump Vice President.

A writer and director are yet to be found for the project.

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