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21 Movie Cast: The Ultimate Guide to the Real-Life Blackjack Team


21 Movie Cast: 21 Movie is a 2008 American heist drama film directed by Robert Luketic and released by Sony Pictures Releasing. Its plot draws its inspiration from Ben Mezrich’s best-selling 2003 book Bringing Down the House about MIT Blackjack Team as revealed through their story as depicted in this movie starring Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira Jacob Pitts Aaron Yoo and Kieu Chinh.

1. Jim Sturgess as Ben Campbell | 21 Movie Cast

21 Movie Cast

Jim Sturgess plays Ben Campbell, an undergraduate mathematics major from MIT who has been accepted to Harvard Medical School but cannot afford tuition fees. To save money he joins a secret group that utilizes card counting and covert signalling techniques to successfully win at blackjack in Las Vegas casinos. Sturgess is an English actor/singer-songwriter known for films such as Across the Universe, The Other Boleyn Girl, Cloud Atlas and Geostorm.

2. Kate Bosworth as Jill Taylor

21 Movie Cast

Kate Bosworth plays Jill Taylor, one of the MIT Blackjack Team members and Ben’s love interest. A smart and attractive student, Jill helps Ben develop his card counting abilities.

Bosworth is an American actress and model known for appearing in films such as Blue Crush, Superman Returns, Still Alice and The Domestics.

3. Kevin Spacey as Micky Rosa | 21 Movie Cast

21 Movie Cast

Kevin Spacey stars as Micky Rosa, an MIT professor who recruits and trains students for their blackjack team. A charismatic yet manipulative leader with a personal vendetta against one of the casino security enforcers. Spacey won an Academy Award for this performance and has appeared in films such as The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, L.A Confidential and Baby Driver.

4. Laurence Fishburne as Cole Williams | 21 Movie Cast

21 Movie Cast

Laurence Fishburne stars as Cole Williams, the head of security at several Las Vegas casinos who oversees and attempts to capture Micky Rosa and his blackjack team. Fishburne, an Emmy Award winning actor and producer, is known for films such as The Matrix Trilogy, Boyz N the Hood – What’s Love Got To Do With It? and John Wick Chapter 2.

5. Liza Lapira as Kianna | 21 Movie Cast

21 Movie Cast

On the MIT Blackjack Team. Skilled at disguising herself and acting as a distraction, Kianna is loyal and fun-loving friend who enjoys gambling.

Lapira is an American actress known for appearing in movies such as Cloverfield, Fast & Furious, Crazy Stupid Love and 21 Bridges.

6. Jacob Pitts as Fisher | 21 Movie Cast

21 Movie Cast

Jacob Pitts portrays Fisher, one of the original members of MIT Blackjack Team who is arrogant and competitive. Envious of Ben’s success, Fisher becomes jealous over money and strategy differences with him and challenges Ben over their clashing strategies. Pitts is an American actor known for films such as EuroTrip, The Pacific and Justified.

7. Aaron Yoo as Choi | 21 Movie Cast

21 Movie Cast

Aaron Yoo plays Choi, another member of the MIT Blackjack Team known for their card counting skills but troublemaking ways. A comic relief character who often causes problems through his antics. Yoo is an American actor known for films such as Disturbia, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist Friday the 13th, 21 & Over etc.

8. Kieu Chinh as Chinese Woman | 21 Movie Cast

21 Movie Cast

Kieu Chinh stars as Chinese Woman, an unknown but wealthy gambler who assists Ben with his final bet against Cole Williams. Chinese Woman turns out to be Jeff Ma’s mother – one of the real-life members of MIT Blackjack Team as well as appearing in this film as one of its dealers. Chinh is an actress of Vietnamese-American heritage who has previously starred in films such as The Joy Luck Club, Journey from the Fall and Indochine.

FAQ: The Ultimate Guide To Your Questions

Q: Is 21 based on a true story?

A: 21 is loosely inspired by the true tale of the MIT Blackjack Team, an alliance of students and alumni from MIT as well as other colleges who used card counting techniques to win millions from casinos from 1979 until the early 2000s using card counting techniques like card shuffling to make millions off casino profits in Las Vegas and elsewhere.

Q: How accurate is 21?

A: 21 does not accurately portray the events and people involved with the MIT Blackjack Team. Many details were changed such as names, ethnicities, relationships between characters, locations of casinos and methods employed therein as well as timeline and outcome of storyline. Furthermore, 21 added fictional elements such as romance between Ben and Jill; rivalry between Micky and Cole as well as final showdown at casino.

Q: What is Card Counting and How Does It Work?

A: Card counting is the strategy of keeping track of the number of high cards (10s and Aces) and low cards (2s and 3s) in a deck. High cards (such a tens or aces), benefit the player, while low cards (2s and 3s) are favorable to the dealer.

Q: Is Card Counting Legal?

A: Card counting is legal as it involves using one’s memory and math abilities. Casinos do not like card counters because it reduces profits and exposes vulnerabilities – therefore casinos reserve the right to ban or eject anyone suspected of card counting or cheating by employing methods such as surveillance cameras, facial recognition software, security personnel and informants.

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