A new poster for Molly’s Game showcases star Jessica Chastain, who’s looking very determined behind her designer sunglasses. The much anticipated film debuted this week at the Toronto International Film Festival to strong reviews.
Molly’s Game is the story of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic hopeful who eventually finds herself running an underground poker empire that involves high profile Hollywood celebrities, athletes, powerful businessmen, and even the Russian mob. When the FBI closes in on her, she puts her own fate on the line to protect the identities of the players.
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Coming hot off the heels of its well received screening at TIFF, a new poster has been released featuring Chastain as the titular Molly Bloom. Take a look below.
Molly’s Game figures to make some noise during awards season, as buzz is beginning to grow for Chastain’s dynamic performance, as well as Idris Elba’s work as her baffled defense attorney. Molly’s Game is also the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin. A Hollywood veteran, Sorkin has been a prolific writer for decades, penning such films as A Few Good Men, The American President, and Steve Jobs. He won an Academy Award for his screenplay for the David Fincher-directed Mark Zuckerberg biopic The Social Network. Despite being an Oscar winner, Sorkin is probably still most well known for his television output, which included creating shows such as Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The Newsroom, and, most memorably, the idealistic White House drama The West Wing. It’s hard to believe Sorkin has never taken a swing at the director’s chair before now, but so far the reviews indicate he’s handling the job just fine.
Jessica Chastain seems poised to have quite a year. In addition to Molly’s Game, she’ll be making her first foray into the world of superhero films with X-Men: Dark Phoenix. That film will be the second cinematic adaptation of the classic X-Men story that chronicles the tragic demise of founding team member Jean Grey. It was first adapted in the decidedly underwhelming, Brett Ratner-helmed X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. Fans are hoping for a better effort from director Simon Kinberg, who has promised a more faithful adaptation of the classic story. Chastain’s role is, at the moment, yet to be officially announced, though rumors have swirled that she’ll be playing Lilandra, the Empress of the Shi’ar Empire who is generally an intergalactic love interest for Charles Xavier. Whoever she’s portraying, she’ll be a welcome addition to the realm of comic book movies, as Chastain is an actor who elevates any project she’s involved with.