Aaron Sorkin’s poker movie ‘Molly’s Game’ expecting 2017 release

  • Movie, starring Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain has recently entered ‘post-production’
  • Based on true story of the underground card game that attracted Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon

Production has wrapped on Aaron Sorkin’s new movie ‘Molly’s Game’, based on the true story about how a former cocktail waitress went on to host the ultimate underground poker game, catering to celebrities and billionaires alike.

An official release date has yet to be scheduled but the film is listed as being in post-production on online film resource, IMDB.

Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain are set to star in Molly's Game
Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain are set to star in Molly’s Game

Sorkin, famed for ‘A Few Good Men’, ‘West Wing’ and, more recently, The Social Network, attracted an all-star cast for the picture. Jessica Chastain plays the role of the aforementioned Molly while Kevin Costner will play her father. Idris Elba also stars as the eponymous Molly’s lawyer while Michael Cera will be a fellow poker player.

Sorkin said: “The casting of Jessica and Idris in the two lead roles is any film-maker’s dream come true. They’re two of the greatest actors of their generation, paired for the first time, and their chemistry will be electric.”

Famous Hollywood stars

The real life Molly’s game attracted some of Hollywood’s most famous stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Toby Maguire. The latter apparently played a big part in setting up the original game and once allegedly offered Molly Bloom $1,000 to ‘bark like a seal.’

Unfortunately none of the above actors will be portraying themselves in the film.

In her memoir, of the same name, Bloom was very flattering of all the big stars – bar Maguire. Referring to Affleck as a ‘smart player’ and DiCaprio as ‘charming’ she had some very unflattering things to say about the Spiderman star.

He unsubstantiated claims suggest that he was rude, threatening and ‘tipped like crap.’ However, she admits that he was also ‘the best player’ there and that he won in virtually every game – perhaps proving the old adage that ‘the better the person, the worse they are at cards.’

Sadly all good times must come to an end and Bloom found herself in trouble with the law when the FBI charged her with involvement in a gambling ring.

Spoiler alert

If you want to wait until the film is released to find out what happened to Bloom, look away now…

She pled guilty and was sentenced to probation and a $1,000 fine. Considering she made $100,000’s running these games, got a book deal and now a film out of it I think it is safe to say that this is one instance where crime really does pay.

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