Adam Sandler to Play Lead Role in New Sports Betting-Themed Movie

  • Uncut Gems will be released in cinemas on December 13
  • Sandler plays New York jeweler who gets into high-stakes sports betting
  • Former NBA star Kevin Garnett and radio personality Mike Francesa also feature
  • After premiering at Telluride Film Festival, film received massive acclaim
actor Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler plays the lead role in Uncut Gems, a new movie about sports betting which will be released this December. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Exciting new role

Adam Sandler is starring in a new movie that is all about sports betting. The comedy actor will be seen taking on a more serious role than usual in the crime thriller Uncut Gems, which is set for release on December 13.

Sandler plays the role of Howard Ratner, a jeweler in New York who gets into sports betting in a big way through some high-stakes betting. This leads to his character getting deeply involved with some shady characters. 

Ratner becomes entrenched in the sports betting world and issues start to appear

The movie trailer shows the early bets appearing to pay off. As the story unfolds, Ratner becomes entrenched in the sports betting world and issues start to appear. 

Movie critically acclaimed

The film, directed by brothers Joshua and Benjamin Safdie, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival at the end of August. It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9. 

this role could land him an Oscar nomination

Sandler’s acting in particular received great critical acclaim, with some believing this role could land him an Oscar nomination. Wendy Ide from The Guardian gave the movie a glowing review and described it as “audacious, thrilling and exhausting”.

Plot synopsis

The plot synopsis on IMDB goes into more detail about the character and his actions. It describes how “the jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend.”

Other big names that appear in the movie include former NBA star Kevin Garnett, who plays himself, and Mike Francesa, the sports radio personality in New York. 

Sports betting in cinema

A number of movies released over the years depict sports betting in a variety of lights. Among the most popular titles is Two for the Money, starring Matthew McConaughey and Al Pacino.  

Other popular sports betting-themed movies include Eight Men Out, Lay the Favorite, The Hustler, and Bookies