COUNT ME IN!!! Pretty simple as that. Aaron Sorkin writing AND directing. Jessica Chastain (Love). Idris Elba (Man-Crush). Michael Cera. Chris O’Dowd. AND Kevin freaking Costner. If this team-up doesn’t get your (fast-talking, quick-witted, and vibrantly tense) film loving heart going, then you simply are not human.

This trailer shares just the outskirts of what sounds like an incredible, original, and gripping true story. Molly Bloom, whom this film is based off of, is credited with aiding Sorkin in the writing efforts.

From the trailer, we can safely assume Bloom’s character will be a female bad-ass. Maybe I am just riding the strong-female lead high left in the wake of Charlize Theron in “Atomic Blonde”, but “Molly’s Game” seems to have grittiness and electricity that’ll pull in many an audience.

Just take in this first sentence in IMDB’s storyline summary:

Molly Bloom a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons.”

How is that for a log line?

We know that Sorkin as a writer is arguably the best one going right now. Beginning in 1992 with the hugely re-watchable “A Few Good Men”, Sorkin has hit numerous possible peaks. With TV’s “West Wing”, and Oscar winning/nominated films like “The Social Network” and “Steve Jobs” under his belt, it’s more than safe to say this screenplay for Molly’s Game places this incredible cast in the ultimate arena to succeed.

Also, quick shout out to the podcast The Rewatchables, part of The Ringer Podcast Network, who just did an hour-plus deep dive into “A Few Good Men”.

Chastain recently garnered critical praise in “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” My first reaction to her character in “Molly’s Game” was the portrayal of Maya in “Zero Dark Thirty.” In that film, it seemed like Chastain had to group a few of people into one persona, and I am very excited to see what she can do focusing on one truly powerful female figure.

Elba is coming off the recently released “The Dark Tower”, and is in the soon to be released “The Mountain Between Us”.

The release date for “Molly’s Game” is Wednesday, Nov. 22.

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