Jessica Chastain Wanted for Aaron Sorkin’s Directorial Debut

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The directorial debut from Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin could have Jessica Chastain taking on the lead role.

Sorkin has offered Chastain the lead in Molly’s Game, reports The Wrap. Word is that although negotiations are yet to get underway, Chastain is keen to fit the film into her schedule.

Molly’s Game, which will see Sorkin directing from his own screenplay, is based on the memoir by Molly Bloom, a woman who went from world-class skier to a target of the FBI.

It’s a fascinating real-life story. As a young woman, after failing to make the Olympic team, Bloom took a year off and headed to L.A. to become a waitress. A series of events led to her running one of the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker games. After running the game for eight years and making millions in the process, it all came to a halt when FBI agents took her down.

Sony is yet to comment on Chastain’s potential casting, which depends on whether or not her busy schedule allows for it. The actress recently launched her own production company, Freckle Films, and currently has two films in pre-production stages: Miss Sloane, a drama focusing on the gun-control debate, and The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, a Xavier Dolan-directed drama co-starring Natalie Portman.