Peter Sarsgaard (“Lovelace”) and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) are in negotiations to star in the long-gestating Bobby Fischer biopic “Pawn Sacrifice” at MICA Entertainment.
Ed Zwick directs the Cold War-era project which stars Tobey Maguire as Fischer, the youngest grand master in the history of chess and a young man prone to unpredictable outbursts.
In 1972, he became the first American to reach the finals and engaged in a showdown against the seemingly invincible Soviet master Boris Spassky (Schreiber).
Sargaard plays a priest who became a close confidant of Fischer. Stephen Knight penned the script.
Maguire, Zwick and Gail Katz are producing, and shooting begins in Montreal next month.