One of the most recognizable names in modern film today for cinephiles is Aaron Sorkin. Known best for his written work, he’s responsible for amazing films like The Social Network, A Few Good Men, and Moneyball, as well as his TV shows The West Wing and The Newsroom.
Given Sorkin’s breadth of work as a writer, as well as his work as a showrunner in television, it was only a matter of time before he made the transition into film directing. Earlier this year saw the release of the first trailer for Molly’s Game, his directorial debut. While the trailer was admirable, for me, it did lose a bit of steam halfway through.
In this new trailer, however, Sorkin’s trademark wit and pacing seems ever present, and it makes for a massively entertaining watch. After seeing this, I’m much more excited to dive into this world, no matter how unfamiliar I may be about gambling or gambling law — making largely unaccessible concepts accessible is always something Sorkin’s been great about.
Molly’s Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.
The film stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Chris O’Dowd, Michael Cera, Joe Keery, Rachel Skarsten, Graham Greene and Brian d’Arcy James.
Molly’s Game hits theaters on November 22, 2017.
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SOURCE: STX Entertainment