Pawn Sacrifice casting: cold war chess thriller adds stars
Whoever saw him in the bloody hockey comedy Goon, in which he played a punchy Canadian athlete, knows: Liev Schreiber gives good antagonist.
The cold war chess drama centers on eccentric US grand master Bobby Fisher (Tobey Maguire), who after a record-breaking winning streak, faced the seemingly unbeatable Soviet chess maestro Boris Spassky who will be played by Schreiber.
Also joining the cast is Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine). The An Education- star will play a priest who becomes a close confidant of Fisher.
Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Love and Other Drugs) directs.
Chess still has to prove itself as a worthy cinematic subject (there is a supposedly great Swiss French-language movie called Dangerous Moves which won the Oscar for best foreign language film but apart from that I don't really know a worthy chess film. Do you?).
Still, I find myself weirdly excited for Pawn Sacrifice. If only because there is an outside chance of Schreiber reverting to his Goon ways and punching Tobey Maguire in the face... arguably a small one, but still...
Pawn Sacrifice will begin filming in Montreal in October.