The Queen’s Gambit Trailer Features Anya Taylor-Joy as a Chess Genius
Netflix has released the full trailer for Scott Frank’s upcoming limited series adaptation of Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel The Queen’s Gambit, featuring Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as her character deals with the consequences and pressures of being a female genius in a men-dominated chess world. This marks Taylor-Joy’s first major TV project as a lead after mostly starring in films and portraying supporting roles in shows such as Atlantis, The Miniaturist and Peaky Blinders. Check out the video in the player below along with the new key art!
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the 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 (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.
Alongside Taylor-Joy, the cast for the series includes Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Maze Runner franchise), Moses Ingram, Harry Melling (The Old Guard) and Bill Camp (The Outsider).
The series is directed and co-written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank (A Walk Among The Tombstones) and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg and Allan Scott, who also co-created the series.
The Queen’s Gambit is set to premiere on Netflix on October 23.