‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Trailer: Tobey Maguire Goes Down the Rabbit Hole of Chess
By now you’re likely familiar with the story of Bobby Fischer, the young chess prodigy who became the youngest chess grandmaster in history. As he grew older, Fischer began to suffer from some mental issues, which is the main focus of the new film Pawn Sacrifice. The first trailer has arrived, featuring Tobey Maguire in the role of the older Fischer, struggling to prepare for one of the biggest chess matches of his life.
Although some of Fischer’s childhood is covered in Pawn Sacrifice, it looks like the bulk of the film centers on his adulthood and his deteriorating mental state. Liev Schreiber plays Boris Spassky, the Soviet chess grandmaster Fischer faces in a very heightened, politically-tinged match. Due to Fischer’s mental issues, he became a Holocaust denier and made anti-Semitic statements, which are touched on briefly in the trailer above.
The film was scripted by Steven Knight (Locke) and directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai), which is quite a promising combo.
In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.
Pawn Sacrifice also features an excellent supporting cast, including Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lily Rabe, Robin Weigert and Evelyne Brochu, and hits theaters on September 8.