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‘Lay the Favorite’ Gets UK Trailer; No Bets on US Release

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Lay the Favorite,’ a new comedy/drama from director Stephen Frears (‘Tamara Drewe’) with a cast that includes ‘Iron Man 3‘ star Rebecca Hall and Bruce Willis yet no U.S. release date, has just debuted its first trailer in the U.K.

The movie, which played at last January’s Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews, is based on a true story about a former exotic dancer who heads to Las Vegas to land her dream job of becoming a cocktail waitress. That’s ambition for you. The Hollywood Reporter’s review of the picture said that “the comedy just isn’t that funny and the enterprise never finds an exact tone, with…Frears merely turning up the pace and the volume as the climax approaches.”

The film stars Rebecca Hall — wearing considerably skimpier outfits than we’ve ever seen her in before — as heroine Beth Raymer, along with Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson and Vince Vaughn, who they probably happened upon while shooting in Sin City and decided to work into the movie somehow.

The film is getting released in the U.K. on June 22nd, but there has been no word yet on a Stateside distribution deal or release date. In the meantime, check out the official synopsis and enjoy the trailer — odds are that this might be all you’ll see of ‘Lay the Favorite’ in the U.S. for a while.

(via Hey U Guys)

Beth Raymer is a beautiful girl with a big heart who leaves her dancing job at a Florida strip club to become a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. Not exactly an ideal career choice, but her borderline-ditzy personality doesn’t give her many options. In walks Dink, a professional sports bettor who sees through her bubbly exterior and offers her a job placing wagers all over town to gain an advantage over the casinos. Her surprisingly impeccable mind for numbers soon cements her status as Dink’s good-luck charm, until his gorgeous-but-frigid wife, Tulip, starts to get jealous. Faced with no other choice but to fire Beth, Dink’s luck runs out when she heads to New York to work for a smarmy bookie, a turn of events that lands her squarely on the wrong side of the law.

 

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