This movie is actually based on the story of the MIT Blackjack Team as told in Bringing Down the House, a book by Ben Mezrich.
-MIT senior math major Ben Campbell(Jim Sturgess) is accepted into Harvard Medical School but cannont afford the $300,000 tuition. Even though he scored a 44 MCAT score an top ranking grades, he faces fierce competition for the prestigious Robinson Scholarship that would give him a full ride and pay for everything. The director tells him that the scholarship would go to the student who amazes him
-Jim Sturgess: Ben Campbell, an MIT student who can't afford med school
-Kevin Spacey: Micky Rosa, brilliant stats professor
-Kate Bosworth: Jill Taylor, Ben's love interest
-Laurence Fishburne: Cole Williams, security chief
-Aaron Yoo: Choi, Ben's sidekick
-Liza Lapira: Kianna, blackjack team member
-Jacob Pitts: Fisher
-Josh Gad: Miles Connolly, Ben's best friend
-Sam Golzari: Cam Azazi, Ben's friend
-Helen Carey: Ellen Campbell, Ben's mom
-Spencer Garrett: Stemple
-Jeff Ma: Planet Hollywood Dealer Jeff.
Did You Know?
-Boston University students were used as extras in many of the classroom scenes
-The small statue of a nude, seen on the desk of Harvard Med professor Bob Philips, is by Venezuelan-born sculptor Maria Gamundi
-The problem Prof. Rosa mentions in class with the 3 doors is known as the Monty Hall problem.
-The main characters upon which the film 21 is based were Asian. Controversially, mostly Caucasian actors were cast and Jim Sturgess, had to have a dialect coach to help him speak with an American accent because he is London, England-born.
-The sunglasses worn by Laurence Fishburne throughout the movie are Randolph Engineering Aviators.