Molly’s Game Trailer Released – “Not a Poker Movie”

mollys-game-pokerMost agree that there hasn’t been a great poker movie since Rounders. This leaves high hopes for Molly’s Game, the upcoming film about high stakes poker hostess Molly Bloom.

But if you’re hoping for a movie to rival Rounders, you might be severely disappointed. The trailer was recently released. And it mainly focuses on Bloom’s interactions with her lawyer (Idris Elba) and father (Kevin Costner).

The trailer also shows brief glimpses of the poker games that Bloom ran. This includes scenes with Michael Cera, who plays a generic movie star because the players/actors’ real names have been changed.

Director Aaron Sorkin Confirms that this isn’t a Poker Movie

Molly’s Game director Aaron Sorkin did an interview with Entertainment Weekly. And Sorkin confirmed what the preview indicates – this movie is more about Bloom than it is the poker action.

Listen, if you’re a poker player, you’ll enjoy the poker scenes. But it’s not a poker movie,” Sorkin said. “No, we never care who wins or loses a game. The movie is about her and what happened to her.

“And particularly two relationships in her life: the relationship she has with her criminal lawyer, played by Idris Elba, and her relationship with her father, Kevin Costner.”

Viewers will Have to Look Deeper into the Story

As mentioned before, the actors who took part in these underground poker games will have generic games. This means we won’t get an inside depiction of Tobey Maguire, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, or Alex Rodriguez.

Instead, those who watch the film and are unaware of the background story must research the matter themselves.

Long story short, Molly’s Game is Hollywood at its finest – casting a big-name actress in Jessica Chastain to play in a fast-paced drama that’s as much about Russian thugs as it is poker.

The film comes out in theaters on November 22, 2017.

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