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Jessica Chastain And Idris Elba Set To Star In
Aaron Sorkin's Directorial Debut Molly's Game

Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation - Credit - WireImage - Getty for TIFF
Two-time Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain and Golden Globe® and SAG® winner Idris Elba are set to star in Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game from The Mark Gordon Company and Entertainment One (eOne). The screenplay for Molly's Game was adapted by Sorkin from Molly Bloom's memoir of the same name, and marks the award-winning screenwriter's directorial debut.

eOne and The Mark Gordon Company are financing the feature, and Mark Gordon is producing with Amy Pascal via her Pascal Pictures banner. Leopoldo Gout serves as an executive producer. eOne will directly distribute the film in Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain. Sierra/Affinity represents all other international territories outside of the U.S., and is selling the film at Cannes Film Market. WME Global and CAA will co-represent the U.S. distribution rights.

"Working with Aaron once again has been truly rewarding, and we're thrilled to have Jessica and Idris, two of the most talented actors in film today, coming on board," said Gordon. "With the addition of Sierra/Affinity through our partnership with eOne, we have a best in class team in place to bring Molly Bloom's riveting story to audiences."

Sorkin added: "The casting of Jessica and Idris in the two lead roles is any filmmaker'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."

Molly's Game is the true story of Molly Bloom (Chastain), a beautiful, young, 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 is her criminal defense lawyer (Elba), who learns that there's much more to Molly than the tabloids lead us to believe.

About Sierra/Affinity
Sierra/Affinity is a leading independent film finance, production and foreign sales company, consistently delivering high-quality, commercially viable feature films for a global audience. Sierra/Affinity capitalizes on the ever-evolving global film marketplace, representing sales of third-party films as well as its own productions designed to appeal to both the North American and global marketplaces. In addition to representing sales of third party films, the company acts as the exclusive sales agent for films developed and produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment, Bold Films and Sierra Pictures. Following Entertainment One's (eOne) strategic equity investment in Sierra Pictures in January 2016, the international sales and distribution of films produced and acquired by eOne Features, as well as eOne-distributed films from The Mark Gordon Company, will be handled by Sierra/Affinity outside of Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain, where eOne directly distributes films. Additionally Sierra/Affinity represents sales on select films from Focus Features. The company is also compiling a slate of wide-release, director-driven commercial films with domestic and global appeal that will complement the slates built by its partners.

About The Mark Gordon Company
The Mark Gordon Company, which partnered with Entertainment One (eOne) in 2015 to create an independent film and television studio, is helmed by Mark Gordon who has produced more than 100 motion picture and television projects.

Projects from The Mark Gordon Company's film division include Steve Jobs, written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and directed by Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle; the forthcoming films War Dogs, starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, with Todd Phillips directing; Murder On The Orient Express starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh; war drama Sand Castle directed by Fernando Coimbra, starring Nicholas Hoult and Henry Cavill; and The Nutcracker And The Four Realms with Lasse Hallstrom set to direct. Past film credits include Saving Private Ryan (which earned Gordon Academy Award and BAFTA nominations, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Picture), 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, Speed, Source Code, The Messenger, The Patriot, among others. As an executive producer and financier, Gordon's credits include Tomb Raider, Wonder Boys, The Painted Veil, A Simple Plan and Primary Colors.

The company is currently in production on several established television series including Ray Donovan (Showtime), Grey's Anatomy (ABC), Criminal Minds, franchise spin-off Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS), and Quantico which premiered in fall 2015 on ABC; as well as upcoming series Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland on ABC. The company's credits also include television project Conviction, the drama starring Hayley Atwell set up at ABC. Past television credits include Private Practice (ABC), Army Wives (Lifetime), and Reaper (CW).

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Film and Television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
 
 

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