Netflix dropped news and promotional shots of this upcoming limited series based on the novel by Walter Tevis last month, to our delight and intrigue. Now that they’ve dropped the trailer and poster for the series, we have thoughts. Fair warning: they are perhaps not the most original thoughts in the world.
Dear God, Anya Taylor-Joy has a FACE. Sure, we’ve all got one, but hers seems almost scientifically devised to be perfectly photogenic and arresting. It’s not just that she’s beautiful; that’s hardly notable among the ingenue set. It’s got that quality that some of the biggest female movie stars in history had; the silver screen goddesses whose names are still legendary decades after their deaths: it’s a face that can hypnotize you and make you want to continue looking at it. That is no small gift for a screen actress. She doesn’t really look anything like either of them, but we’re reminded of the young Bette Davis or Meryl Streep; faces so interestingly beautiful that you can’t not stare. If she can learn to wield hers half as well as those ladies wielded theirs, she’s gonna have a hell of a career.
Second not-particularly-original thought:
Damn, that looks good. Gorgeous costumes, a setting and story that looks pretty intriguing, and a young actress coming into her power and utilizing that amazing face to its full extent. We’re in.
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. The series is directed and written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg and Allan Scott, who also co-created the series. THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and Bill Camp.
Series Launch Date: October 23rd
Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Writer and Director: Scott Frank
Executive Producers: William Horberg, Allan Scott (also Co-Creator)
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and Bill Camp
[Photo Credit: Netflix – Video Credit: Netflix via YouTube]
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