‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Teaser Reveals Anya Taylor-Joy as a Drug-Addicted Chess Prodigy

     August 27, 2020

Netflix just released a teaser trailer for their upcoming limited drama series The Queen’s Gambit, starring Anya Taylor-Joy as a chess prodigy battling addiction in the 1950s. Everything about this brief 30-second preview has me constantly refreshing the streaming service to see if I can add it to my queue yet.

Based on the novel by Watler Tevis, the series follows Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy), who was abandoned at a young age and grew up in a Kentucky orphanage. There, she discovers she has an incredible talent for the game of chess, but unfortunately also becomes horribly addicted to the regular course of sedatives prescribed to the orphanage’s children. She has to battle both the struggles of her chemical dependency as well as the misogyny of the male-dominated world of competitive chess in order to become a champion of the game.

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The 7-episode series was created by Academy Award-nominee Scott Frank, and also stars Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and Bill Camp. The teaser doesn’t give away much, but its disjointed editing and surrealistic qualities coupled with the talent both in front of and behind the camera definitely have me intrigued.

Here’s the official synopsis:

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, a young 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 Queen’s Gambit premieres October 23 on Netflix.

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