Tobey Maguire Set to Play a Chess Master in 'Pawn Sacrifice'

February 24, 2010
Source: Deadline

Tobey Maguire

In a move that will take him from comic book geeks to a whole new level of nerd, former superhero Tobey Maguire may take on the role of famous chess master Bobby Fischer in a project called Pawn Sacrifice. This bit of news comes from a brief mention in the same Deadline Hollywood article that announced Matt Damon's turn as Robert F. Kennedy, but all we know is that Steven Knight wrote the script which focuses on Fischer around the year 1972, which is when the legendary player faced off against Russian chess champion Boris Spassky in a highly publicized match that went hand in hand with the Cold War tensions of the time.

Bobby Fischer is considered to be one of the greatest chess players of all-time, winning championships when he was just a young teenage boy to setting legendary tournament records in his 30's. However, as he became older, Fischer became more reclusive, strange and even offensive, making anti-American and anti-Semitic statements. The film will be intent on focusing on this first and all-important match between Fischer and Spassky, probably much in the same way other inspirational sports movies have average families everywhere latching onto one team and their hopes of triumph and victory. Sounds like a great project for Maguire, and a great start to his career after leaving Spider-Man behind. We'll be sure to keep you updated. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


This sounds very interesting indeed, but I'm still upset that he'll never be Spider-Man again. 🙁

Craig on Feb 24, 2010


he was in Brothers you know

Scott McHenry on Feb 24, 2010


I bet he couldn't beat this chess playing chicken.

Orot Led on Feb 24, 2010


He sucked as Spiderman anyway, so I'm glad he's gone.

Aaron on Feb 24, 2010


It sounds good. Bobby Fischer was a fascinating character, and his 1972 match was an amazing microcosm of the cold war... so much drama over a board game! I hope that they get a decent writer for this and explore some of Fischer's darker sides, because he definitely had some.

James on Feb 25, 2010


He was great as Spiderman but the stories were bad.

Donald on Feb 25, 2010


Awesome! I can't wait to see this.

Richard Ayotte on Mar 29, 2010


I can't wait for this movie. It's great history, and Robert J. Fischer is definitely interesting movie material!

bruce b on Apr 1, 2010

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