Netflix has released a new trailer for its great-looking series, The Queen’s Gambit. The series stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The New Mutants, Glass) as a chess prodigy who struggles with addiction in a quest to become the greatest chess player in the world.
The story follows the character Beth Harmon who starts her journey as an 8-year-old orphan and followers her to the age of 22. The series is an adaptation of Walter Tevis’ groundbreaking novel and this is the synopsis:
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.
The series is being directed by Scott Frank (Minority Report, Logan), who adapted the script along with Allan Scott (The Witches). It also stars Marielle Heller, newcomer Moses Ingram, Harry Melling (Harry Potter films), and Chloe Pirrie (The Crown).
Check out the trailer below, and watch The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix on October 23rd.