'The Happytime Murders,' starring Melissa McCarthy, also sets a date

By Nick Romano
July 01, 2017 at 04:47 PM EDT
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Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut has received a nice awards-friendly release date later this year. STX Entertainment formally picked up Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain, and will debut the feature in theaters on Nov. 22.

The distributor was nearing a deal in mid-May to acquire the film, which is based on the memoir of Molly Bloom. Chastain portrays Molly, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game. Stars of Hollywood, sports, and business — as well as Russian mobsters — were among her clientele. After a decade, she was arrested in the middle of the night by 17 F.B.I. agents brandishing automatic weapons.

The Dark Tower star Idris Elba plays Molly’s criminal defense lawyer, who learns there’s far more to Molly than what the tabloids printed. Other films opening on Nov. 22 include Disney and Pixar’s Coco, Darkest Hour with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and Eli Roth’s Death Wish.

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STX also set The Happytime Murders, a puppet comedy from The Jim Henson Company, for Aug. 17, 2018. Melissa McCarthy stars in this story for director Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson. In the Los Angeles underbelly, a human and puppet detective team up to figure out the identity of a killer hunting down cast members from the beloved puppet show The Happytime Gang.

“When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly, and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true,” McCarthy had said in a statement.