‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Trailer Stylishly Walks the Line Between Genius and Madness

     September 24, 2020


I’m just not sure there’s ever been a television story more custom-tailored for me than “a chess prodigy is so good at chess that she loses her freaking mind and it’s styled like a surreal prestige thriller”. Sound good to you, too? Good. Then feast your eyes on the official trailer for Netflix’s limited series The Queen’s Gambit.


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Based on the novel by Walter Tevis (whose The Hustler series of books have also yielded sharp screen works on gifts versus obsessions), Anya Taylor-Joy stars as our lead chess prodigy who shatters through the glass walls of the male-dominated competitive chess circuit, while sliding further and further into self-destructive tendencies and mental breakdowns. Scott Frank (Logan) writes and directs the seven-episode limited series, and judging by the trippy, sharp visuals we see in this trailer, he’s got quite the barn-burner on his hand — and Taylor-Joy might force the Television Academy into a checkmate.

Check out the trailer, poster, and official synopsis for The Queen’s Gambit below. The limited series comes to Netflix October 23. For more on Taylor-Joy, here’s the intel on her potential starring role in Furiosa.

Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. The series is directed and written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg and Allan Scott, who also co-created the series. THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and Bill Camp.


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