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Idris Elba, Jessica Chastain, Michael Cera join Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut

on September 08, 2016, 12:33pm

Only the best for Aaron Sorkin.

After decades of award-winning screenplays — from last year’s Steve Jobs to 2011’s Moneyball to 2010’s The Social Network to 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War to 1995’s The American President and the list goes on — Sorkin is heading behind the camera for Molly’s Game.

As previously reported, the poker drama is based on on Molly Bloom’s 2014 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, which Sorkin adapted alongside his Steve Jobs partner-in-crime Mark Gordon.

Now, he’s getting some star power to bring this sucker to life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jessica Chastain will star as the titular poker player, Molly Bloom, topping a cast that includes Idris Elba and Michael Cera. Cera has been cast as Player X, one of the Hollywood elite as outlined in the book’s title.

Here’s the book’s official synopsis:

“Molly Bloom reveals how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world—an insider’s story of excess and danger, glamour and greed.

In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen—she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play.

Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly’s game became the game for those in the know—celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exclusive restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world’s most delicious gossip, until it all came crashing down around her.

Molly’s Game is a behind the scenes look at Molly’s game, the life she created, the life she lost, and what she learned in the process.”

Filming begins this November. Fingers crossed Jeff Daniels hops on.

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