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More Details Released for "Molly's Game": Elba and Chastain to Star

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  • Upcoming poker flick "Molly's Game" will feature Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain in starring roles.

The Hollywood biopic of Molly Bloom, who ran afoul of the law for hosting high-stakes poker games involving a number of Hollywood A-listers, will feature Idris Elba as Bloom's lawyer, according to recent reports.

The British actor possibly best-known for his turn on HBO's The Wire will star opposite Jessica Chastain, who was connected to the upcoming film this February.

The movie, titled Molly's Game after Bloom's 2014 book, is listed as being in pre-production with no estimation of a release year on popular movie website It will be the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, known for his writing on TV series The West Wing and The Newsroom, and films The Social Network and Moneyball.

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

Chastain is best known for roles in Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar, and The Martian.

The movie will tell the story of Bloom, who moved to Los Angeles after narrowly missing out on a spot on the U.S. Olympic team as a skier, and began hosting poker games involving stars like Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon. Dubbed "Poker Princess," she eventually found herself on the wrong side of the law due to her role in the games and received a sentence of a year's probation with a $1,000 fine in 2014.

Notable players including Abe Mosseri and Bill Edler also found themselves in hot water.

Bloom spoke to PokerNews in September 2014, and you can check out the full interview here.

*Image courtesy of John Cummings/Wikimedia.

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