JESSICA CHASTAIN AND IDRIS ELBA STAR IN THE EXCITING TRUE STORY OF MOLLY BLOOM
Growing up in a family of overachievers, losing wasn’t an option for childhood skiing prodigy Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain). A spinal condition at 12 years old should have taken her off the slopes for life, but Molly was back skiing moguls in 18 months. After a freak accident at the US Olympic trials ends her career, she moves to Hollywood and tries something new: poker. Working as a personal assistant by day and a poker hostess by night, it’s not long before Molly’s talent and entrepreneurial spirit find her running her own game. Transformed into the “Princess of Poker,” Molly’s game, abounding with Hollywood A-listers and business tycoons, became the most exclusive, and discreet. But when Molly becomes the target of an FBI investigation, her former clients are nowhere to be found. With her lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba) as her only ally, will she still support them?
In his directorial debut, award- winning film and television screenwriter Aaron Sorkin adapts Molly’s own memoir for the big screen with all of the wit and dazzle we’ve come to expect from his work. Sorkin’s bold and precise direction is the perfect match for his larger- than-life real-world heroine. Chastain brings it yet again as Molly Bloom. Poker gave Molly respect in what she believed was an inaccessible world. Molly’s Game will give film audiences the Sorkin thrill ride we’ve all been waiting for.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT LOSING?
WINNING. – MOLLY BLOOM –
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JESSICA MICHELLE CHASTAIN Was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and was in a dance troupe by age thirteen. She began performing in Shakespearean productions all over the Bay area.
An actor in a production of “Romeo & Juliet” encouraged her to audition for Juilliard as a drama major. She became a member of “Crew 32” with the help of a scholarship from one of the school’s famous alumni, Robin Williams.
In 2011, she had a prolific year in film. She was nominated for and won a number of awards, including a 2012 Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for The Help (2011).
IDRIS ELBA An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped out. He gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre – thanks to a £1,500 Prince’s Trust grant. To support himself between acting roles, he worked in jobs such as tyre-fitting, cold call advertising sales, and working night shifts at Ford Dagenham. He worked in nightclubs under the nickname DJ Big Driis at age 19, but began auditioning for television roles in his early-twenties.