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Jessica Chastain Plays High-Stakes Poker In Molly's Game Trailer

Get ready to meet Molly Bloom. The new trailer for Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut Molly's Game tells the true story of the title character, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game. 

Chastain takes on the role of Molly in the film, with the trailer opening with Molly meeting with the lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba) after her arrest after nearly a decade of running the game. Molly wants Charlie to take her on as a client, although he seems to doubt his ability to convince the rest of his partners to take a risk on a "Poker Princess." "If you think a princess can do what I did you're incorrect," Molly shoots back. "I'm getting that you don't think much of me, but what if every single one of your ill-informed, unsophisticated opinions of me were wrong?" 

The trailer then gives a bit more background on how Molly came up in the poker business. She started by helping as an assistant at a weekly poker game featuring movie stars, directors, and business titans. "They were going all in, all the time," Molly says, as clips are shown of her being paid heartily for her work. This ends up getting on the nerves of her boss, who says that he wants to stop paying her as an assistant because she is getting paid once a week from the game. "You don't have bargaining power here," he tells her.

Now unemployed, Molly sets out to make a name for herself. "The humiliation had given way to blinding anger at my powerlessness," she says. "I wasn't gonna wait before I put a plan in place." This plan involves her running her own game, hosted once a week with a first buy-in of $250,000. "That's gonna make noise," she's told. Still, Molly's game winds up being successful, and she spends eight years in Hollywood and two more in New York "running the world's most exclusive and decadent man cave." 

Molly brings over some big clients to the game, but, unbeknownst to her, she also has some Russian mobsters sitting at her table. "Your exposure's crazy," a friend tells her. "You're gonna get blown up." While Molly is ultimately offered immunity if she hands over hard drives that appear to contain sensitive information about her clients, she worries that families, careers, and lives would be ruined. "Why are you in this alone?" Charlie asks. "Where are the people you're protecting by not telling the full story?" "I will tell them everything they wanna know about me," Molly counters. "About me. That's it." 

Molly's Game, based on the memoir of the same name, also stars Kevin Costner, Chris O'Dowd, Michael Cera, Joe Keery, Rchel Skarsten, Graham Greene, and Brian d'Arcy James. The movie, written and directed by Sorkin, will hit theaters on Nov. 22; for now, see some of the other movies you have to look forward to this year.