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First Look: Jessica Chastain in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game

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Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Brian d’Arcy James, Chris O’Dowd, Bill Camp, Graham Greene, Claire Rankin, Joe Keery and Michael Cera. It is based on the memoir Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom.

The film tells the story of Molly Bloom (Chastain), a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally is her criminal defense lawyer (Elba), who learns that there’s much more to Molly than the tabloids lead us to believe.

EW had the image and Chastain had this to say about the project:

Basically, the film follows along with the book, but also a lot of very interesting things happened to Molly after the book came out, which includes being arrested by the FBI, and so [Aaron Sorkin] really has woven together the different parts of her life: her athletic and academic excellence, alongside with going to Los Angeles and trying to figure out what one has to become to be a leader and to find success — and all that is also woven with her court case.

I think the audience would definitely be rooting for Molly. In the first five minutes, I will say, the opening of the film, it’s so strong, and from the get-go, we are with her. We learn a lot about her. I don’t want to give too much away, but I think it’s an incredible introduction to the woman that she is, and she makes some bad decisions, but I think her bad decisions, we don’t discredit her, or we don’t abandon her because of it. We still root for her because she’s a person who takes responsibility for her decisions.

The film is due out on 22nd November 2017.

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