The first trailer for Pawn Sacrifice offers a look at Tobey Maguire as legendary chess player Bobby Fischer. In the heat of the Cold War, Fischer challenged the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky (Liev Scheiber), the reigning world champion, to prove who was the better player. But the match became about much more than determining the superior chess genius—it came to reflect tensions spanning the globe, and the new trailer hints at the pressure Fischer faced in the lead-up to that match.
Director Ed Zwick recently spoke to EW about the trials of bringing the film to life and what went into the portrayal of Fischer and the drama of chess. Pawn Sacrifice is set to hit theaters on Sept. 18.