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“The Queen’s Gambit” Set to Release Next Month

Sep 1, 2020 | Netflix, VFX

Netflix is set to release a new TV drama next month, “The Queen’s Gambit.”  “Godless” showrunner Scott Frank returns to Netflix as the co-creator, director, and writer of this examination of a disturbed chess player.  Frank co-created “The Queen’s Gambit” with Allan Scott and both men are executive producers on the project along with WIlliam Horberg, who produced Anthony Minghella’s adaptations of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.”

The show is based on the 1983 novel by Walter Tevis and follows an orphan in late-1950s Kentucky named Beth Harmon, played by  Anya Taylor-Joy.  According to Netflix, Beth “discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fuelled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.”

Who is in the cast of The Queen’s Gambit?

Alongside Anya Taylor-Joy (EMMA., Split) in the lead role as Beth Harmon, the cast also includes the likes of “Game of Thrones” star Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Marielle Heller, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling (Harry Potter), and Bill Camp.

The limited series is scheduled to premiere on Netflix on October 23, 2020.  You can view “The Queen’s Gambit” trailer below.  And, Vogue, just put out a great article you can read here.