Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller Star in Mississippi Grind

Mississippi Grind
Mississippi Grind (Photo: Entertainment Weekly)

A new poker-driven character piece about "southern drifters, gamblers, lost souls and con men" is set to make its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.

Starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind is a road film about two strangers who play their way towards a high-stakes poker tournament in New Orleans.

Also starring American Sniper's Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton and Alfre Woodard the writer/director team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden told Entertainment Weekly they were inspired by a classic poker film of the 70s - Robert Altman's California Split.

“We shot in lived-in, down and dirty places that you don’t see too much in modern movies these days," Fleck said. "It lives in a ’70s kind of palette.”

Comedy-Drama Originally Slated for Gyllenhaal

According to the Google synopsis here's the basic plotline:

In the Shadow of Giants
Destination: New Orleans

"Gerry (Mendelsohn) is a talented poker player, but his gambling habit is getting the best of him. One day, he meets a charismatic young traveler named Curtis (Reynolds).

"Deeming Curtis his lucky charm, Gerry convinces him that they should hit the road together.

"As they gamble their way down South toward a legendary high-stakes poker game in New Orleans, the trip's highs and lows unveil the duo's true character and motivation, and an undeniable bond forms between them."

The two travel through St. Louis, Memphis and Mississippi on the way to New Orleans stoping at "all varieties of dog tracks, horse tracks, and rundown casinos."

Based on early discussions in 2012 Jake Gyllenhaal was originally pegged to play the role of Curtis before Reynolds stepped in in 2013.

Filming took place between January and March last year with the cast and crew spotted at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi, Ms, among other locations.

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