Kevin Costner in talks for Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game


Based on the memoir of Molly Bloom (the lengthily titled From Hollywood’s Elite To Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure In The World Of Underground Poker), the upcoming poker biopic Molly’s Game will not only mark the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin (he of The Newsroom, The Social Network, and Steve Jobs writing fame), but looks to be gaining an impressive cast; with Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves star Kevin Costner recently entering talks to star.

Should Costner sign on, he’ll be appearing as Bloom’s father in the film which traces Molly’s journey from becoming a world-class skier (narrowly missing out on a chance to join the Olympic team) whilst also being a nationally ranked business mogul, and excelling at college, to taking a year off to waitress in L.A. and putting her business skills to use by running the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker games, before the FBI eventually started sniffing around (they’ll do that when some of the players belong to the Russian mob).

Jessica Chastain (Interstellar) is already on board to star as Molly, with Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) picking up the part of Molly’s defence lawyer, and while we don’t have an official release date we do know Molly’s Game is scheduled to arrive next year, as Sorkin plans to begin filming next month.

Matt Wheeldon@TheMattWheeldon.
Source: Deadline.

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