Marisa Lankester‘s memoir Dangerous Odds: My Secret Life Inside an Illegal Billion Dollar Sports Betting Operation tells the shocking story of her behind the scenes look at illegal sports betting. According to The Wrap, Warner Brothers are close to bagging the rights for this massive story, with The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie in talks to play Lankester. While there’s no director attached to the project yet, it seems Straight Outta Compton writer Andrea Berloff will be adapting the memoir. Here’s the Dangerous Odd’s synopsis from Amazon;
“DANGEROUS ODDS is the explosive, never been told, behind the scenes look into the world of illegal sports betting, revealed by an insider, who happens to be a woman. Marisa Lankester, a young beauty with a privileged New York upbringing, stumbles into the backdoor of the largest illegal sports betting organization in the U.S., run by Ron The Cigar Sacco. Marisa, a thrill seeker, maneuvers herself into this mob run men only bookmaking operation and with her looks and brains, becomes a trusted insider.
Along the way, Marisa falls in love with Sacco’s business partner, charismatic Tony. In an attempt to evade the wrath of the FBI, Marisa and Tony relocate Sacco’s operation from Los Angeles first to Las Vegas and then to the Dominican Republic where gambling is legal. What begins as a fun and exciting ride on the Caribbean island, where the tall, blond beauty also becomes a top model, morphs into a twisted nightmare. It is also the romantic tale of a beautiful, smart young woman whose love for a charismatic and handsome Italian-American leads her down the road into crime, incarceration and rape”.
This could be a huge role for Margot Robbie, proving herself to be more than just a pretty, female sidekick. The girl has serious talent and it would be great for her to take center role in such a huge story!