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A new trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming biopic Molly’s Game was released Thursday.
The West Wing creator and Social Network screenwriter makes his feature directorial debut on the STXfilms biopic, based on the true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), 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, unbeknown 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.
In the trailer, Molly chats with her lawyer (Idris Elba) and negotiates a book deal with a publisher, but she leaves one thing clear: No matter the consequences, all names of the people involved in her high-stake games remain anonymous.
Bloom is offered complete immunity if she provides information, but tells her lawyer: “You’ve seen what’s on those hard drives. Families, lives, careers will be ruined.”
Although she’s been referred to as the “Poker Princess,” Bloom wasn’t always destined to be a card game hostess serving high-profile clients. The Colorado native was once a child ski prodigy whose career ended prematurely due to an injury.
After her injury, Bloom moved to Los Angeles and worked as an assistant for a small real estate development company, where her job required her to help coordinate an underground poker game. Soon she was hosting private poker games at homes in Beverly Hills, limiting the number of players in the home games to about eight. As the stakes got higher, she moved her business from Los Angeles to New York City, which led her into legal trouble.
Based on her 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, the film — also starring Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd and Bill Camp — hits theaters Nov. 22. Sorkin also wrote the script.
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