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Aaron Sorkin To Direct New Poker Movie

Film Adaptation Of 'Molly's Game' To Be Sorkin's Directorial Debut

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Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will make his debut as a director with “Molly’s Game,” a film about the life of former high-stakes poker organizer Molly Bloom, according to a report from Deadline.com.

Sorkin was brought on as the screenwriter for the film adaptation of Bloom’s memoir back in 2014, but he now will also be directing the movie.

Bloom hosted the underground poker games for celebrities and other high rollers before eventually being charged in a sweeping crackdown by the federal government. Celebs who played in Bloom-run games in L.A. or New York include Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Her book, “Molly’s Game: High Stakes, Hollywood’s Elite, Hotshot Bankers, My Life in the World of Underground Poker,” was published in 2014.

Bloom was indicted by the federal government for her role in the gambling ring that allegedly had links to the Russian mob. Bloom received probation and paid a fine back in mid-2014, while others, like poker player Vadim Trincher, received prison time.

When pleading guilty, the judge in her case asked if anything in her book project would conflict with the remorse she expressed in court. She said it wouldn’t.

Bloom made $1 million from hosting the games, the government said.

Once a world-class skier, Bloom moved to L.A. once her athletic career was over and eventually found her place in the world of underground poker. She ran the high-stakes games for eight years, moving them from Los Angeles to Manhattan in 2010 and running them out of two hotels.