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– by David Kozlowski

Famed Hollywood writer Aaron Sorkin has stepped into the director’s chair. Sorkin will make his directorial debut with the new film, Molly’s Game. The first trailer for the film was released earlier today. Sorkin has delivered a number of great movies through his writing, including A Few Good Men, The Social Network, for which Sorkin won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, and Moneyball. Sorkin also created the hit NBC show, The West Wing.

Molly’s Game stars Jessica Chastain in the lead role, and is based on the memoirs of Molly Bloom, off of which Sorkin wrote the screenplay. The movie follows the true story of a highly talented skier, Molly Bloom, who ran one of the more exclusive poker games in the world. Molly soon became a target of the FBI. Her high stakes poker games had participants such as Hollywood stars and top level businessmen, along with Russian mobsters, which she wasn’t initially aware of. Though Bloom changed the names of some of the card players, it is rumored that Tobey Maguire, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Leonardo Dicaprio were among some of the Hollywood elite known to take a seat at her table.

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With his long history of successful writing projects, it is surprising that it took this long for Aaron Sorkin to try his hand at directing.  Perhaps he was simply waiting for the right project to take his seat in the directing chair. The film also stars the always welcome Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera and Chris O’Dowd of The IT Crowd and Bridesmaids fame.

Molly’s Game puts all the cards on the table November 22.

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SOURCE: STX Entertainment

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.