Jessica Chastain in Talks to Lead Aaron Sorkin’s Directorial Debut

     February 18, 2016


Now that he’s firmly established himself as one of the most respected screenwriters in the business with critical hits The Social Network, Moneyball, and last year’s underseen Steve Jobs, Aaron Sorkin is poised to try his hand behind the camera with his directorial debut, Molly’s Game. Now it appears Sorkin is aiming very A-List (and who would expect any less?) for his adaptation of Molly Bloom‘s autobiography with The Wrap reporting that he has offered Jessica Chastain the title role in the film.

If accepted, Chastain would take on the title role of Molly Bloom, an intelligent and driven world-class skier and Political Science major who opted to take a year off from school after failing to make the Olympics. Through a bizarre series of circumstances, and thanks to her entrepreneurial skills, Molly ended up running an elite high-stakes poker ring for eight years before ultimately being brought down by the FBI.


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Sorkin was first tapped by the Mark Gordan Company to adapt Molly Bloom’s autobiography back in 2014 and took the helm back in January. While the story certainly fits into Sorkin’s recent fascination with enterprising geniuses, it’s an interesting pivot for a writer who has come under fire throughout his career for his often (though certainly not always — lookin’ at you C.J.) underwhelming, and sometimes absent portrayal of women. If there’s an actress to help rectify that perception, Chastain is it, and Bloom’s story offers a fascinating, compelling narrative for both talents to take on.

Chastain, who seemingly hasn’t taken a moment to breathe since breaking out in Hollywood a few years ago, recently launched her own production company, Freckle Films, and has yet to figure out if she can fit Molly’s Game into her ever-busy schedule. However, the report notes that she’s eager to make it work if she can, given the pedigree of the film.


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