Awkwafina to take a gamble on fact-based feature ‘The Baccarat Machine’

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Awkwafina (aka Nora Lum) appears on “A Little Late With Lilly Singh.” [Photo by Scott Angelheart/NBC]

Awkwafina is set to star in SK Global’s upcoming “The Baccarat Machine” (working title), a feature inspired by the true story of the most successful female gambler in modern history.

The Golden Globe winner will star as Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun in the film, which will focus on her unlikely teaming with living legend poker player Phil Ivey, Deadline reports.

“The Baccarat Machine” will be Awkwafina’s second project with SK Global, following her big-screen breakthrough in Warner Bros.’ smash 2018 romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians.”

The fact-based film is being adapted from Michael Kaplan’s Cigar Aficionado article “The Baccarat Machine,” which follows Sun, a young Chinese woman, as she industriously develops her skills as a gambler. With major casinos conspiring to keep her out, Sun teams with Ivey, the international “King of Poker,” to take down the system, setting up one of the most impressive legal gambling runs ever chronicled.

Andy Bellin (“Lovelace”) is penning the screenplay, and talks with potential directors and additional casting are both in the works, according to Deadline.

SK Global is financing and producing “The Baccarat Machine” along with Jeffrey Sharp of Sharp Independent Pictures.

“We can’t think of a better way to start this project than by announcing that our friend Awkwafina has come on board. She is uniquely equipped to bring Kelly to life onscreen and will infuse the role with genuine humor and humanity. Along with our partners at Sharp, we’re thrilled to bring this unbelievable story to the screen,” SKG Co-CEO John Penotti said, per Deadline.

Awkwafina recently won the Golden Globe for Best Lead Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her stellar turn in Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell,” which subsequently won Best Feature at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The rapper-turned-actor currently stars in Comedy Central’s new breakout series “Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens,” which has been renewed for a second season, and stars in “Jumanji: The Next Level,” which has grossed more than $768 million worldwide to date.

As previously reported, the performer also known as Nora Lum last year inked a deal to star in the potential franchise-starter “The Last Adventure of Constance Verity,” a film adaptation based on A. Lee Martinez’s fantasy adventure novel, and was announced as one of the voice stars of Walt Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon,” an original Southeast Asian-inspired animated feature.

In addition, her other upcoming projects include Disney’s Phase 4 Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”; Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the musical “The Prom” starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman; the Tate Taylor-directed “Breaking News In Yuba County”; and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” live-action remake directed by Rob Marshall, in which she will play Scuttle to Halle Bailey’s Ariel.

-BAM

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