As Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) prepares for his directorial debut, the cast of unusual poker feature Molly's Game is coming together. Jessica Chastain (The Martian) and Idris Elba (Prometheus) are are already aboard, and now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Michael Cera (Juno) is in negotiations to join them.
Molly's Game, subtitled From Hollywood's Elite To Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure In The World Of Underground Poker, is the memoir of Molly Bloom, whose story is a fascinating one. A world-class skier since she could walk, she became a nationally ranked business mogul at 21 while still excelling in college. She just missed out on joining the Olympic team upon graduating and took a year off to live in Los Angeles, choosing the unlikely path of waitressing. Thanks to her business acumen, she ended up making millions by running the world’s most exclusive high stakes poker game for eight years before the FBI came calling.
Cera will be a guy named Player X, an elite card handler and celebrity who develops a unique relationship with Chastain's Bloom. Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs) grabbed the rights to the book and is producing alongside former Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal. Sorkin, usually known for his incredible screenwriting, is scheduled to start calling the shots in November.
As for Cera's other future roles, he is squeezing in new comedy Captain Dad, starring Will Ferrell (Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy), and is the voice of Robin in The Lego Batman Movie, which is out on 10 February next year.