Coming to cinemas in the UK on New Year’s Day and US cinemas on Christmas Day is the superb real-life drama Molly’s Game from debuting director Aaron Sorkin. We first caught the film at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and we agree that it is one of the best of the year.
The true story of Molly Bloom, 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, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.
Related: Molly’s Game review (TIFF)
We have some interviews from the U.S. premiere, which took place in New York City last night. Take a look at interviews with Jessica Chastain, who plays Molly Bloom in the movie, as well as writer/ director Aaron Sorkin, co-star Michael Cera, and Molly Bloom herself.