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Michael Cera is in negotiations to join Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in Molly’s Game, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.
Mark Gordon is producing, along with Amy Pascal and her Pascal Pictures banner, the adaptation of Molly Bloom’s Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.
The Mark Gordon Co. is financing the project. STX will distribute in the U.S. eOne will distribute the film in Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain.
Chastain is starring as the film’s title character, a skier who, after her Olympic dreams are dashed, heads to Los Angeles and becomes a cocktail waitress. But she rises through the social circuit to became an organizer of underground poker games for the Hollywood elite, with players including Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. The real-life Bloom’s poker games came to an end when she was arrested by the FBI.
Cera will portray a character named Player X, an elite celebrity player who develops a unique relationship with Bloom. A November start date is being penciled in.
Cera was one of the voice stars of Sony’s surprise hit Sausage Party and also lends his voice to the character of Robin in Warner Bros.’ Lego Batman Movie, which is set to open Feb. 10.
Before he shoots Molly’s Game, Cera will star in Captain Dad with Will Ferrell and Catherine Keener.
Cera is repped by ICM Partners, Thruline Entertainment and Lichter Grossman.
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