Few movies of recent years moved me as profoundly as Paul Schrader's First Reformed. The Oscar-nominated film starred Ethan Hawke as a priest who experiences a crisis of faith after one of his parishioners dies. So of course I was dying to see what he'd do next. Finally, after many delays, we have our first proper look at The Card Counter.
Oscar Isaac stars as William Tell, a gambler looking to win big at casinos in Mississippi. There, he runs into a woman (Tiffany Haddish) willing to fund his run, and a young player (Tye Sheridan) looking for revenge against someone from their past. That turns out to be Isaac's old superior officer (Willem Dafoe), who committed heinous crimes during his time running a prison but made Tell the fall guy.
This trailer doesn't do a great job of capturing how surreal the film is likely to be, but does look slick enough to sell people who wouldn't usually check out Schrader's work.
The Card Counter premieres at the Venice Film Festival, and opens in the U.S. on September 10.