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Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen’s Gambit First Look

Netflix has released a first look at limited drama series The Queen’s Gambit, based on the novel by Walter Tevis and premiering on Friday, October 23. You can watch the teaser trailer below and read on to learn more about the characters!

The series stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and Bill Camp.

Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen's Gambit First Look

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.

The cast also includes Isla Johnston as young Beth Harmon, Marcin Doroncinski as Vasily Borgov, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as Townes, Chloe Pirrie as Alice Harmon, Christiane Seidel as Mrs. Deardorff, Matthew Dennis Lewis as Matt, and Russell Dennis Lewis as Mike.

The series is directed and co-written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank (Godless) and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg (The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Allan Scott (Don’t Look Now), who also co-created the series.

The Queen’s Gambit Characters

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.

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