From Jobs and The Social Network to The West Wing and The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin has had a huge amount of success as a writer and TV producer. Now though he’s heading for the director’s chair, with the recently announced Molly’s Game.
TheWrap reports he may have found his lead, as Jessica Chastain has been offered the role and is currently considering taking it.
Based on a true story, the film is set in the world of high-stakes poker, with the story following Molly Bloom who was a top-tier skier who headed to Los Angeles after not qualifying for the Olympics and became an an organizer of underground poker games for Hollywood players including Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire before being arrested by the FBI.
Her downfall was getting involved (or according to her, pressured) by the wrong people, including the Mafia who wanted a slice of the action after she moved from LA to New York, as well as turning what was a lucrative but legal operation into something that was classed as illegal gambling, after she started taking a cut of the pot rather than just relying on tips.
It’s not known when the film will shoot, and it appears Chastain’s involvement is dependent on her rather hectic schedule.