Indie darlings Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are delving into the world of gambling for their next film and have enlisted Jake Gyllenhaal for a lead role.

The multihyphenate duo, who directed Ryan Gosling to a best actor Oscar nomination, will helm Mississippi Grind from a screenplay they penned.

The story centers on a down-on-his-luck gambler facing crushing debt who teams up with a younger gambling addict (Gyllenhaal) in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what has been lost. The lead character would be a plum role for Hollywood’s fortysomething set.