Netflix’s new limited series The Queen’s Gambit, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and slated for release on Friday, October 23rd, just got a teaser trailer courtesy of the streaming giant, as well as oodles of cast and character info. It’s all below. Make a move!
From the press release:
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama The Queen’s Gambit is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) 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 fueled 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.
Two-time Academy Award nominee, Scott Frank (Godless) serves as Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Writer, Director and Showrunner. Executive Producers are WIlliam Horberg (Talented Mr. Ripley) and Allan Scott (Don’t Look Now) who is also a Co-Creator.
The Queen’s Gambit isn’t short on star power. Here’s a character guide, also from the press release:
Isla Johnston is young Beth Harmon
Marcin Doroncinski is Vasily Borgov
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd is Townes
Chloe Pirrie is Alice Harmon
Christiane Seidel is Mrs. Deardorff
Matthew Dennis Lewis is Matt
Russell Dennis Lewis is Mike
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