The age of TV reboots hasn’t quite taken us back to The West Wing, though it’s at least on Aaron Sorkin’s mind. Don’t worry about a Trumped-up Jed Bartlet, however, as Sorkin reveals a potential revival might elect Emmy-winner Sterling K. Brown to the highest office. So, what’s holding Sorkin back?
After years of writing some of the best screenplays and television scripts, Aaron Sorkin is finally, um, trying his hand at directing with Molly’s Game. Inspired by a true story, and based on the book all about it, Sorkin’s debut has already garnered a fair amount of critical praise — much of which punctuates the second trailer for the new film, headlined by the great Jessica Chastain as the titular Molly.
Now this is a thrilling combination of nouns: Amazon Studios has snatched up Lucy and Desi, an upcoming biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Cate Blanchett as TV icon Lucille Ball. A masterful actress playing a masterful comedian in a film scripted by a masterful screenwriter is quite a catch, to say the least — all that’s missing is Desi himself, and given the talent involved so far, you have to imagine it’ll be someone great.
Because Marvel and DC seem to have gotten wind of the majority of our culture’s at best toleration of and at worst boredom with the current cookie-cutter state of superhero movies, both studios have been looking to bring in some new talent. Many of the upcoming films on Marvel’s slate will be directed by folks who only recently made their indie debuts. Now it looks like the studios are looking for fresh takes on the material in some more unexpected places. Like Aaron Sorkin, for instance.
Kevin Costner has been spotted around Hollywood limbering up his mouth muscles, practicing his walk-and-talk, and getting comfortable with the phrase “I’m really quite something,” all of which can only mean one thing: He’s in negotiations for a role in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming directorial debut, Molly’s Game. And while none of that first part is, strictly speaking, “true,” that second part sure is. (According to a new exclusive from Deadline, at least.)
Aaron Sorkin, Oscar-winning screenwriter behind The Social Network and Steve Jobs, is making his directorial debut with an adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir Molly’s Game, From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker. Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba have already signed on to the film, and now it looks like Michael Cera is throwing his hat in the ring.