Sunday, 22 January 2017

Chris O'Dowd and more join Molly's Game

The idea of West Wing creator and The Social Network (2010) Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin making his directorial debut was always going to be a draw for actors, and he has already rounded up the likes of Jessica Chastain (The Martian), Idris Elba (Prometheus), Kevin Costner (Man Of Steel) and Michael Cera (Juno) for Molly's Game. Now news arrives via Mashable that they are to joined by Chris O'Dowd (Calvary), Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), Bill Camp (The Night Of) and Graham Greene (The Green Mile).

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. The reason? Unbeknownst to her, some of her players had ties to the Russian mob.

With Chastain on as Bloom, Costner as her father and Elba as her lawyer, the new arrivals' roles have also been revealed. O'Dowd is set to play the man who introduces her to the Russians, with Strong as the real estate agent who brings her into the world of underground poker in the first place. Camp will be a card shark who racks up debts, while Greene is playing a judge.

Sorkin is shooting the film right now, and it should be on our screens later this year.

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