Idris Elba in Talks to Join Jessica Chastain in Aaron Sorkin Poker Drama ‘Molly’s Game’
There’s a bit of mixed news today regarding Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin’s long-developing true-life poker drama. First, the great news: Professional Cool Person Idris Elba is in talks to join Jessica Chastain in the upcoming film, with Chastain in negotiations for the eponymous lead role. And in less great news: Sony has dropped out of the project, leaving Sorkin without a distributor.
Per Variety, Elba is eyeing a lead role opposite Chastain in Molly’s Game, which marks the directorial debut of acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, best known for The Social Network and The West Wing. Sorkin himself had this to say about the casting:
The casting of Jessica and Idris in the two lead roles is any filmmaker’s dream come true. They’re two of the greatest actors of their generation, paired for the first time, and their chemistry will be electric.
Based on Molly Bloom’s memoirs, Sorkin’s film tells the fascinating story of how a former Olympic hopeful and future law student used the connections she made as a waitress in Los Angeles — along with her innate entrepreneurial skills — to run the most elite, high-stakes underground poker game in history. Over the course of eight years, Bloom made millions of dollars in profit and her clientele included Hollywood stars like Ben Affleck, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio — but don’t expect to see them in the film.
Meanwhile, The Wrap reports that Sony has pulled out of Molly’s Game, which will now shop for a new distributor this month at Cannes. Former Sony exec Amy Pascal will still produce the project through her Pascal Pictures banner.