From a media release:
eOne Films presents
A Film By George Hickenlooper
*World Premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
*2011 Golden Globe nomination for Kevin Spacey in CASINO JACK - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
The film stars Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz and Rachelle Lefevre
Opens in Toronto & Vancouver on Friday, January 28th, 2011
Two-time Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey gives the performance of a lifetime in CASINO JACK, a riotous new film starring Spacey as a man hell bent on acquiring all that the good life has to offer. He plays in the same game as the highest of rollers and resorts to awe-inspiring levels of conning, scheming and fraudulent antics to get what he wants.
The film is based on a true story, starring Spacey as Jack Abramoff, the former high-powered lobbyist whose bribery schemes and fraudulent dealings with Indian casinos ultimately landed him in prison, and stunned the world. It remains the biggest scandal to hit Washington, D.C. since Watergate.
Inspired by real events that are too over-the-top for even the wildest imaginations to conjure, CASINO JACK lays bare the wild excesses and escapades of Jack Abramoff. Aided by his business partner Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper), Jack parlays his clout over some of the world's most powerful men with the goal of creating a personal empire of wealth and influence. When the two enlist a mob-connected buddy (Jon Lovitz) to help with one of their illegal schemes, they soon find themselves in over their heads, entrenched in a world of mafia assassins, murder and a scandal that spins so out of control that it makes worldwide headlines.
Directed by George Hickenlooper (FACTORY GIRL, THE MAN FROM ELYSIAN FIELDS), this film returns Spacey to the type of role that made him famous – a cool-headed, articulate snake charmer whose wild ambitions knows no limits or boundaries.
Produced by Gary Howsam, Bill Marks and George Vitetzakis.
Executive Producers are Richard Rionda Del Castro, Lewin Webb, Donald Zuckerman, Dana Brunetti, Patricia Eberle, Warren Nimchuk, Angelo Paletta and Domenic Serafino.
Original screenplay by Norman Snider.
P.S. - In real life, in January, 2006, Abramoff left Federal Court in Washington, D.C. to begin a four year sentence for his role in a corruption scandal that helped bring the Republicans to their knees in Congress in 2006, having already served two years from a separate case in Florida.