The Queen’s Gambit teaser: putting Anya Taylor-Joy in check Here comes the queen

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:

ANYA TAYLOR-JOY is Elizabeth (Beth) Harmon: An orphaned girl in Kentucky who realizes an incredible talent for chess while developing a dependency on tranquilizers at an early age. As she grows into a young woman, Beth is fueled by her addictions, jeopardizing herself and those around her in her determined pursuit of becoming champion.
MARIELLE HELLER (Director, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) is Mrs. Alma Wheatley: A lonely housewife with an absent husband and her own vices, Alma welcomes Beth as both her adopted daughter and much needed companion.
THOMAS BRODIE-SANGSTER (Game of Thrones) is Benny Watts: Arrogant, confident and calm, Benny Watts, a young chess talent himself, becomes one of Beth’s greatest opponents as well as one of her closest allies.
MOSES INGRAM (Joel’s Coen’s upcoming Macbeth) is Jolene: Fellow orphan, and host to new resident, Jolene, quickly befriends Beth and helps her navigate the rules and regulations of orphan life.
HARRY MELLING (Harry Potter) is Harry Beltik: A traditional learner and one of the best chess players in the state of Kentucky, Harry is in awe of Beth’s talent and enters her life when she is at a low point.
BILL CAMP (The Night of) is Mr. Shaibel: A janitor who introduces Beth to the game of chess and is quickly humbled by her natural ability at the game. Mr. Shaibel opens new doors for the young prodigy.
Additional cast includes:
  • 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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Jonathon Wilson

Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.

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