Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game, has been moved back a month. Instead of opening the day before Thanksgiving, it will now open in limited release on Christmas Day… then a wide release on January 5th. It’s likely the limited release is to make the film eligible for awards season.
Molly’s Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. The screenplay was written by Sorkin. as well.
It made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival last year, where STXfilms bought it for $9 million. There is already awards buzz surrounding the film for Jessica Chastain‘s performance as Bloom. Idris Elba stars as Bloom’s attorney and Kevin Costner stars as her father.
Sorkin adapted the script from the 2014 book Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker. Bloom was a professional skier who went to Los Angeles after failing to qualify for the Olympics. She began organizing underground poker games for Hollywood players including Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire before getting arrested by the FBI.
This is Sorkin’s directorial debut, but he’s renowned for his writing work both film and television, including A Few Good Men, Sports Night, The American President, Malice, The West Wing, Charlie Wilson’s War, Moneyball, The Social Network, and The Newsroom.