Genius and madness are more or less interchangeable through the lens of pop culture; if you are really good for something, we often assert, it comes at the cost of your sanity and well-being. This is the case in The queen’s gambit, a Netflix limited series about a chess prodigy (Anya Taylor-Joy) who is slipped into oblivion as his addiction to tranquilizers collides with his rising star in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.
Written and directed by Scott Frank, the Impious designer who also won an Oscar nomination for his Logan screenplay, the psychological drama is backed by an impressive supporting cast which includes Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling, and Bill Camp.
Watch the trailer below.
Here’s a synopsis:
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama The queen’s gambit is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and placed in a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to state-supplied tranquilizers as a sedative for children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an incredibly gifted and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.
The queen’s gambit hits Netflix on October 23.