Movie on notoriuos gambling lobbyist

A name that hit the headlines three years ago on allegations of unethical Washington lobbying for land and online gambling, causing acute embarrassment in some political circles, was back this week in the entertainment publication Variety.

Jack Abramoff’s high-powered lobbying exploits were cited by many anti-online gambling politicians seeking to strengthen bans on the pastime, and the lobbyist’s interesting career is the subject of a new movie entitled “Casino Jack” based on a true-story script by Norman Snider.

Top actor Kevin Spacey, who appeared in another gambling-themed thriller in the movie ‘21’, has signed to take the role of Abramoff, whose bribery schemes and fraudulent dealings with Indian casinos ultimately landed him in prison.

Filming begins in Toronto this month, and once the production is complete Hannibal Pictures will handle worldwide sales, excluding North America, and will sell the film at the Cannes Film Festival.

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