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Idris Elba joins Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game

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Story by Jack Foley

IDRIS Elba has joined the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s gambling drama Molly’s Game.

The British actor will line up alongside Jessica Chastain in the film, which marks Sorkin’s directing debut.

The true story will follow the real-life fortunes of a poker organiser whose illegal high-stakes games drew Hollywood luminaries such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Dubbed the ‘poker princess’, Molly Bloom will be played by Chastain, while Elba will play Bloom’s lawyer, who learns that there’s much more to his client than tabloid newspaper reports have led the public to believe.

Indeed, Bloom only became involved in the world of high-stakes gambling after arriving in California following a failed attempt to qualify as an Olympic skier. She was, however, the No 3 ranked mogul competitor in north America at the age of 21.

After a stint waitressing in LA, she began to host poker matches at the famous Viper Room club but got into trouble with the law after demanding a share of the pot rather than tips. She was subsequently sentenced to a year’s probation and given a fine of $1,000 in June 2014, after which she published her tell all memoir.

Sorkin’s producing partner, Mark Gordon, optioned the memoir the same year and Sorkin – best known as the Oscar-winning writer of The Social Network as well as The West Wing – opted to make the film his directorial debut.

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

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