The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival announced it’s official schedule today. Jessica will be on double festival duty because two of her upcoming movies are selected for the festival. Both Molly’s Game and Woman Walks Ahead will have it’s world premiere during the festival, which runs from September 7 to 17, 2017. Jessica is expected to attend, according to their official press release. Molly’s Game will have it’s first screening on September 8 while Woman Walks Ahead will premiere on September 10. Both movies will have additional screenings the following days which include press & industry only screenings.
The programming notes were also released, which you can find after the jump.
Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut stars Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in the true story of Molly Bloom, proprietor of Hollywood’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being shut down by the FBI.
“What makes you feel good about losing? Winning.” – Molly Bloom
Growing up in a family of overachievers, losing wasn’t an option for childhood skiing prodigy Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain). A spinal condition at 12 years old should have taken her off the slopes for life, but Molly was back skiing moguls in 18 months. After a freak accident at the US Olympic trials ends her career, she moves to Hollywood and tries something new: poker. Working as a personal assistant by day and a poker hostess by night, it’s not long before Molly’s talent and entrepreneurial spirit find her running her own game. Transformed into the “Princess of Poker,” Molly’s game, abounding with Hollywood A-listers and business tycoons, became the most exclusive, and discreet. But when Molly becomes the target of an FBI investigation, her former clients are nowhere to be found. With her lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba) as her only ally, will she still support them?
In his directorial debut, award-winning film and television screenwriter Aaron Sorkin adapts Molly’s own memoir for the big screen with all of the wit and dazzle we’ve come to expect from his work. Sorkin’s bold and precise direction is the perfect match for his larger-than-life real-world heroine. Chastain brings it yet again as Molly Bloom. Poker gave Molly respect in what she believed was an inaccessible world. Molly’s Game will give film audiences the Sorkin thrill ride we’ve all been waiting for.
Woman Walks Ahead
Jessica Chastain stars in the true story of Catherine Weldon, a 19th-century Brooklyn artist who travelled to the Dakota Territory and became the confidante of legendary Sioux chief Sitting Bull.
Featuring spellbinding performances from Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain and Canadian Plains Cree actor Michael Greyeyes, this sweeping historical drama transports us back to the 19th-century American frontier. Woman Walks Ahead explores a pivotal yet little-known encounter between a pioneering European artist and an Indigenous icon.
A strong-willed nonconformist, Swissborn, New York–bred Catherine Weldon (Chastain) lived life on her own terms. She was a passionate painter, and by the 1880s had become committed to the cause of Native Americans. Woman Walks Ahead chronicles Weldon’s journey to Dakota to paint Hunkpapa Lakota holy man Sitting Bull (Greyeyes). Far more than a mere portrait session, the meeting inspires a conversation that will change both artist and subject.
Weldon became Sitting Bull’s secretary, interpreter, and advocate, but not before these two powerful people would contend with their differences in assumptions, in outlook, and in the long reach of their respective histories.
Directed by Susanna White (Our Kind of Traitor) and written by Steven Knight — the Oscar-nominated writer of Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises and the director of Locke — Woman Walks Ahead is an essential alternative take on change in the Old West, one centring on a heroic woman and a great leader who refused to fade quietly into history.