Jessica Chastain offered lead role in the Aaron Sorkin directed Molly's Game
For the first time ever (I know, I was surprised too) Aaron Sorkin will step behind the camera to direct his first feature-film, an adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir "Molly's Game" which deals with the world of high-stakes poker and chronicles the true story of how one young woman ran the most exclusive poker game in town. Aaron Sorkin signed on to pen the script for MOLLY'S GAME over a year ago but it was just last month when he decided to direct the film as well. Sorkin will need one heck of an actress to lead his film and, according to The Wrap, he may have found one.
The outlet reports that Aaron Sorkin has offered Jessica Chastain the lead role in MOLLY'S GAME. She would play Molly Bloom, the former world-class skier who, after failing to make the Olympics, took a year off prior to law school and eventually ran a high-stakes poker game for the elite of Hollywood for eight years before the FBI brought her down. Negotiations haven't yet begin, but insiders say that Jessica Chastain is keen to accept the part should her schedule allow it.
A synopsis of "Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker" via Amazon:
In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen—she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play. Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly’s game became the game for those in the know—celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exclusive restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world’s most delicious gossip, until it all came crashing down around her.