Molly’s Game, the upcoming film about a major Hollywood poker ring, has already attracted talented actors such as Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain. Now, it looks like Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim, Arrested Development) will likely join the cast.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cera is in talks to play a character named Player X, “an elite celebrity player who develops a unique relationship with Bloom.”
Molly Bloom shot to infamy a few years ago, when she hosted underground poker games for some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Tobey Maguire were just some of the stars who frequented these games.
In June 2014, Bloom released a book called Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.
It wasn’t long until elite Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin made it his mission to adapt this book into a film – one in which he’d make his directorial debut.
Mark Gordon will produce the movie and Amy Pascal (former Sony Pictures CEO) will co-produce it under her Pascal Pictures company.
Going back to Cera, it’s unclear how his Player X character will be handled. He could either be portrayed as a specific celebrity, like Maguire, or be a composite of different celebrities.
Cera has plenty of work in between now the filming date for Molly’s Game.
Fresh off lending his voice to Sony’s Sausage Party Warner Bros’ Lego Batman Movie (opens Feb. 10), he’ll also star in Captain Dad with Catherine Keener and Will Ferrell.