Whatever Happened to the Poker Movie “Molly’s Game?”

Monday, April 24, 2017

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Some time ago I wrote a blog titled “The Next Great Poker Movie.”  In which I talked about some of my favorite poker-related films. The actual point of my blog, however, was to write about what I anticipated would be the next great poker movie, with a release date scheduled for 2017. Its title was “Molly’s Game” and its director was one of my absolute favorite writers, Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, who was choosing this movie to make his directorial debut.

Since then, I haven’t really heard anything about it, but that’s probably because I search through poker news when trying to write a blog rather than entertainment news. Turns out, if I’d been reading “The Hollywood Reporter” I would have noticed this headline on 3/28/17: ‘Molly’s Game’: Aaron Sorkin Brings Stylish First Look to CinemaCon.

For those of you who don’t know anything about Molly Bloom, she was an avid skier who became a successful entrepreneur when she established a high-stakes, international poker game. She made millions of dollars before everything came crashing down when 17 FBI agents armed with automatic weapons rang her doorbell. Turns out they had been investigating her for eight years.

The movie stars Jessica Chastain (Now starring in “The Zookeeper’s Wife”), the hot and handsome Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Sera (an actor/ real-life poker player). That’s one heckuva cast! And if you don’t know Sorkin, his writing credits include “A Few Good Men, “The Social Network,” and “Steve Jobs,” as well as the renowned television show, “The West Wing.” Now he can add “Molly’s Game” to his credits since he coauthored the movie based on Bloom’s eponymous book.

“It isn’t often you come across a story that is both cool and has a lot of heart, and this one does,” Sorkin said after the first trailer for his directorial debut screened.

Poker players will more than likely judge the film based on its authenticity in the scenes shot at the poker tables, but I also expect it to be a typical Sorkin screenplay with lots of interaction and fast-paced dialog between the characters.

There’s nothing like combining my love of good movies and my fascination with poker. I am eagerly awaiting its opening later this summer.

Hey, poker fans; it’s definitely time for another great poker movie!

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