"21" ready to roll at Texas film festival

Wed Jan 2, 2008 9:32pm EST
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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The gambling drama "21," starring Kate Bosworth and Jim Sturgess, will open the 15th annual South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 7.

The Columbia Pictures project revolves around a group of students who studied card counting and won a small fortune playing blackjack. It's based on Ben Mezrich's 2002 nonfiction book "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions."

The film, from "Legally Blonde" director Robert Luketic, is set for a March 28 theatrical release. Kevin Spacey co-stars, along with Laurence Fishburne, and also serves as a producer.

The festival also will host the world premieres of two documentaries: the wrongful-execution study "At the Death House Door" and "Dreams With Sharp Teeth," a profile of sci-fi author Harlan Ellison. "Wild Blue Yonder," Celia Maysles' documentary portrait of her late documentarian father, David Maysles, will have its North American premiere.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter