Hey guys, Jana here,
‘Molly’s Game‘ is the upcoming adaptation of the book of the same name by Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who was, not just young and beautiful but the woman behind the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game. She ran this for 10 years before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents hefting automatic weapons. This high-level game brought in not just Hollywood’s elite, but sports stars, business wizards and even the Russian mob. With everything stacking against her, the one ally she can count on is her criminal defense lawyer who learns there are more layers to Bloom than what the media lets on.
Superstar script-writer Aaron Sorkin has signed onto the project to adapt the book for the screenplay and, for the first time, he will also direct. I was kind of surprised he’d never led a project from behind the camera before, but he’s worked with some amazing and incredibly talented directors over the years and I can only assume he’s learned a lot from them and will put that knowledge to good use in this endeavor.
Writer/director Sorkin is not the only big name attached to the project, Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba have both agreed to appear with Chastain taking on the lead role of Bloom and Elba as her trusted attorney. The project is going into Cannes looking for distribution in the states.
Sorkin stated “The casting of Jessica and Idris in the two lead roles is any filmmaker’s dream come true. They’re two of the greatest actors of their generation, paired for the first time, and their chemistry will be electric.” I’m sure we will see that on-screen and I can’t wait.