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Production Wraps Up For Aaron Sorkin's Poker Movie

Movie About High-Stakes Underground Poker Could Be Released This Year

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SorkinThere’s still no official release date, but production has finished for Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut with the poker movie “Molly’s Game.”

According to IMDB, the film has entered post-production. Filming began late last year.

The all-star cast includes Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Michael Cera and Kevin Costner. Costner was still in talks to join the film as recently as October, but he ended up joining the cast and quickly began shooting his scenes.

Chastain is playing Molly Bloom, who once ran exclusive high-stakes poker games for Hollywood celebrities and rich businessmen. Bloom was charged by the federal government over her involvement in a gambling ring. She pleaded guilty but was able to avoid prison time. Bloom was dubbed the “poker princess.”

Celebrities who played in Bloom-run games in L.A. or New York include Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Toby Maguire. Bloom’s memoir, which the film is based on, included a claim that Maguire once asked her to “bark like a seal who wants a fish” for a $1,000 chip.

Bloom also said that the “Spiderman” star tipped like crap, despite usually winning in the game. According to her, Maguire was the reason the games stopped running. He thought she was taking too big of a cut for hosting and organizing them, Bloom said.

Bloom/Associated PressBloom was making as much as $50,000 a night for setting up the underground games.

None of the aforementioned actors will be playing themselves in the film.

Costner is playing Bloom’s father, and both he and Chastain were seen in January filming a scene outside in New York City.

Costner will have a major role in the film, but Chastain’s co-star is actually Elba.

“The casting of Jessica and Idris in the two lead roles is any film-maker’s dream come true,” Sorkin said in a statement last year. “They’re two of the greatest actors of their generation, paired for the first time, and their chemistry will be electric.”

Elba plays Bloom’s lawyer, while Cera is a random poker player.

Sorkin, an Oscar-winning screenwriter, also penned the script for Molly’s Game.