Bobby Fichser film gains cast
I must admit that I thought we had heard this story ages and ages ago, that a film about Bobby Fischer was coming and that Tobey Maguire was going to play the character, maybe I'm confused with stories or maybe I'm confused with the 2011 documentary about the man's life, I don't know.
What I do know is that this film is going to dramatise one chess match while the documentary told the story of his life, one which is much more dramatic and exciting than any of his single matches. Mind you, with a dramatic film we need one clear event and what better setting than a match of two players?
The film, Pawn Sacrifice, will tell the story of Bobby Fischer playing his arch rival Boris Spassky in the World Championship chess match of 1972 that was dubbed the "Match of the Century", a match that saw America playing Russia. The match took place in Reykjavík during the Cold War, at a time when Russia had been the dominant force in Chess for some twenty-four years.
Now you might think that a chess match might be boring but this isn't just an allegory for the Cold War, this will be a twenty-one game match played over a month and a half with plenty of psychological games and political posturing, not to mention the events outside the game in the player's own lives.
The Hollywood Reporter have the news that Tobey Maguire is playing Bobby Fischer with Robin Weigert playing his mother. Liev Schreiber will be playing his opponent Boris Spassky. Peter Sarsgaard, Lily Rabe, Michael Stuhlbarg are also set to star in the film which Edward Zwick is set to direct.
Zwick you say? Just think of Defiance, Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, About Last Night…, and more. Now throw in Steven Knight as the main writer with Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele who are both known for some great biographical films, and you have to be interested.
The film is underway as we speak and certainly has my interest. I'm really intrigued to see how the events of twenty-one matches over a month and a half will be told on screen.