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'Molly's Game': Aaron Sorkin Stacks Deck With Jessica Chastain & Idris Elba In His Directorial Debut

By Tori Preston | Trailers | August 15, 2017 |

By Tori Preston | Trailers | August 15, 2017 |

Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Steve Jobs) is making his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, based on the memoir by Molly Bloom. And he’s assembled a full house of a cast (or insert whatever other card-playing pun you want — I dunno, I don’t gamble) led by Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba as, um, the face cards? Chris O’Dowd, Michael Cera, and Kevin Freaking Costner help round out the cast as jokers or something. I really don’t card well.

I may have been blinded by all the Chastain and Elba going on in the trailer because all I really got from it was POKER and MONEY and WHO LET MICHAEL CERA IN HERE and WILL CHASTAIN AND ELBA MAKE BABIES TO BRING PEACE TO THE WORLD? Also everyone seems to be sitting and talking rather than walking and talking, but I’m willing to give Sorkin a pass on that because it’s his first time behind the camera and stationary actors are easier. So if you’d like to know a bit more about the film, here’s the official synopsis:

Molly’s Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an 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 was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

The film will premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, and hit theaters for our appreciation on November 22.

Seriously though, whatever your thoughts on Sorkin, don’t you just sorta want to hear his words coming out of this man’s face hole?


Reminder: One of those characters is meant to be Tobey Maguire, who was depicted as a psychotic douche in the book the movie is based upon.

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