Ryan Reynolds & Ben Mendelsohn in First MISSISSIPPI GRIND Trailer

Ryan Reynolds & Ben Mendelsohn

A24 has released the first trailer and poster for Mississippi Grind, the upcoming gambling road trip flick starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelssohn.

Debuting at Sundance earlier this year, a drama about two unlikely friends on a betting Hail Mary run through the Southern states is set to hit DirecTV on August 13th followed by a limited theatrical release on September 25th.

Written and directed by Anna Boden, Mississippi Grind also stars Analeigh Tipton, Robin Weigert and Alfre Woodard.

Watch the first trailer and check out a new poster below.

Mendelsohn is one of my favorite actors. Hopefully Raynolds will also deliver a solid performance with this… and then Deadpool.

Ryan Reynolds & Ben Mendelsohn

In this lively, freewheeling road movie, Emmy Award nominee Ben Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begins to change when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. As they make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis manage to find themselves in just about every bar, racetrack, casino, and pool hall they can find, experiencing both incredible highs and dispiriting lows, but ultimately forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure is over.

Reminiscent of classic 1970s American Cinema, Mississippi Grind is an unforgettable journey featuring two characters who—flawed as they may be—are always worth rooting for. It’s a film about friendship, addiction, regret, family, and the paths we sometimes unexpectedly find ourselves on—told with empathy, humor, and a remarkable light touch by acclaimed filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson, It’s Kind of A Funny Story).