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Jessica Chastain plays Poker mogul Molly Bloom in “Molly’s Game” trailer

Molly's got a brand-new game to play

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STXfilms released the first official movie trailer for “Molly’s Game,” a new bio-drama coming to theaters this fall. The film will be a directorial debut for Aaron Sorkin, who will be directing an all-star cast along with the film’s star Jessica Chastain. It was announced earlier today that “Molly’s Game” will have its world-premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, hopefully building up buzz before the film’s big theatrical debut.

The film won’t be releasing until November 22, 2017, but you can get an early look at the project thanks to the trailer that was released earlier today by the studio. “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 for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

Joining Jessica Chastain in the film are Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, and Bill Camp. The film itself was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, with Mark Gordon, Amy Pascal, and Matt Jackson producing.

Releasing in the midst of award-season, “Molly’s Game” will have a lot of competition going into the box-office over the film’s opening weekend. The drama is set to open against the new Disney PIXAR project “CoCo,” and the action-comedy “Villa Capri” starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rene Russo. All of these films could run into trouble if “Justice League,” which is releasing one-week prior, finds a foothold at the box-office. With the sudden surge of “Wonder Woman” fans, “Justice League” has the potential to take the box-office throughout the back-half of November. “Justice League” will of course have to take down PIXAR’s “CoCo,” which may be a challenge too big for even the DC super-team to handle.