by Ken B.
Edward Zwick’s upcoming film Pawn Sacrifice sees the criminally underestimated Tobey Maguire as American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer (1943 – 2008), who in 1972 managed to beat Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky at the head of a globally publicized championship.
I was initially a little wary about Zwick’s film based upon the trailer. The biographical drama has been done so many times that it could be difficult to find a new angle. But upon second thought, I also have great confidence in the abilities of the cast, which includes Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Lily Rabe, and Peter Sarsgaard. Additionally, the cinematographer is Bradford Young, who did a tremendous job on last year’s Selma. When Pawn Sacrifice hits theaters, it may not transform the standards of the genre, but I can’t see it being anything close to a failure with positive advance word out of film festivals and such impressive credits.
Pawn Sacrifice will be released in the United States on September 18, 2015.