Jessica Chastain in “Molly’s Game.” Courtesy of STX Entertainment

Jessica Chastain Looks To Hit The Jackpot With “Molly’s Game”

Jessica Chastain is one of our best and most in demand actresses working today. Now, she looks to deliver another juicy yet flawless performance as former Olympian Molly Bloom who staged a high stakes poker game that eventually caught the attention of the FBI in Molly’s Game directed by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin in his directorial debut.

Here, Jessica Chastain is playing someone who is tough as nails and in charge in the same style as her characters in both Miss Sloane and Zero Dark Thirty. However, watching her work here makes it seem like she is playing a more subdued version of the more fiery Miss Sloane. I’m not saying that Chastain won’t be good. I just feel that this is a role she can play in her sleep. It’s funny because I enjoyed her work in Miss Sloane very much and figured because that film had mile-a-minute, Sorkin-esque dialogue, it would be a warm up for Molly’s Game and that had me very excited.

I still think between this, the upcoming Woman Walks Ahead, and The Zookeeper’s Wife earlier this year, this could be her most plausible Best Actress play since it already has a distributor (STX Entertainment) unlike Woman Walks Ahead and didn’t come out too early like The Zookeeper’s Wife did. But in spite of her being a two-time nominee, it won’t be easy to break through when we have heavy hitters like Annette Bening, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Jennifer Lawrence, and Emma Stone also in the conversation.

I do have to say, this film not only has an amazing lead actress at the center but what a cast! You got Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Graham Greene, Chris O’Dowd, and even Michael Cera of all people. But if the film ends up being an awards player, I’d say Idris Elba could be someone to watch out for in Supporting Actor. He’s carrying plenty of industry goodwill after his Beasts Of No Nation Oscar snub, having won the Screen Actors Guild Award last year for Best Supporting Actor. He’s also got The Mountain Between Us later this year which might not be an awards player but could still help his bid for Molly’s Game.

The fact that STX Entertainment is untested with awards players makes me slightly skeptic but we’ll see how it pans out. Even if it doesn’t look to have the same pulsating energy as Aaron Sorkin’s previous work, I’ll still go see it based on the cast and the fact that Sorkin is behind it.

Molly’s Game is set for release on November 22nd.

What do you guys think? Do you think it looks like a great film and how do you feel about its awards chances? Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!
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