Netflix has released the official trailer for limited drama series The Queen’s Gambit and the streaming service is also teasing their Father of the Bride reunion.
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and Bill Camp, The Queen’s Gambit is based on the novel by Walter Tevis (buy at Amazon) and will launch on Friday, October 23.
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 written and directed 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.
Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish)
25 years later, Nancy Meyers is bringing together the cast of Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II for a special mini-sequel she has written and directed to benefit World Central Kitchen. Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish) will premiere only on Netflix YouTube and Facebook on Friday, September 25 at 3PM PT / 6 PM ET.
The cast of the original films returns including Steve Martin as George Banks, Diane Keaton as Nina Banks, Kieran Culkin as Matty Banks, Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Annie Banks-MacKenzie, George Newbern as Bryan MacKenzie, and Martin Short as Franck Eggelhoffer, plus a few special guests!
Nancy Meyers is a longtime supporter of World Central Kitchen and the inspiration for this project was to raise awareness and support for the organization. Founded by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen is working to provide meals for kids and families.