"To begin with, I think that there's not much that Jessica Chastain isn't the best person to play," Aaron Sorkin says in this exclusive featurette of why he chose the two-time Oscar nominee for his directorial debut. "She's one of the greatest actresses that we have."
In Molly's Game, Chastain plays Molly Bloom, the real-life Olympic-class skier who, following an injury, moves to L.A. and ends up running the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game, before running afoul of the FBI and the Russian mob. Sorkin, who wrote and directed the film, says it was not any real-life similarities to Bloom that assured him Chastain could portray her convincingly.
"What she brings is a number of things that actors can't fake. Actors can't act smart. They can't act funny. They can't act charming," Sorkin explains. "She was going to bring all those things with her, in addition to her acting skills [to] make the transformation into this person that Jessica isn't at all like."
Molly's Game's home entertainment release will dig even deeper into the legacy of Molly Bloom, with a special feature entitled "Building an Empire." In it, Sorkin, who was Academy Award-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Chastain discuss Bloom's life more in-depth and give a look behind the scenes at the making of the movie.
Molly's Game is available digitally now and on Blu-ray and DVD on April 10.