Anya Taylor-Joy to Star on Netflix Limited Series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ From ‘Godless’ Creator Scott Frank

“Split” star will play an orphan who “struggles with addiction in a quest to become the greatest chess player in the world”

Anya Taylor Joy

Netflix has ordered “The Queen’s Gambit,” a limited series about “an orphan chess prodigy” who struggles with addiction, from “Godless” creator and “Logan” screenwriter Scott Frank, TheWrap has learned. “Split” star Anya Taylor will lead the cast, playing said “orphan chess prodigy.”

Here’s the official logline for the six-episode show, which is based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name: “Chronicling the life of an orphan chess prodigy, the story – set during the Cold War era – follows Beth Harmon from the age of eight to twenty-two, as she struggles with addiction in a quest to become the greatest chess player in the world.”

Academy Award-nominee Frank will serve as writer, director and executive producer on “The Queen’s Gambit,” with William Horberg (“The Talented Mr. Ripley”) also executive producing and Allan Scott (“Don’t Look Now,” “The Preacher’s Wife”) acting as co-writer and executive producer.

Along with her role in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split,” Taylor-Joy’s other film credits include the 2018 “Split” sequel, “Glass,” and 2015 horror flick “The Witch” along with the upcoming films “Playmobil: The Movie,” “Emma,” and “Last Night in Soho.” Her small-screen credits include Season 5 of “Peaky Blinders” and “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” another upcoming series at Netflix.

She is repped by CAA, Troika, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.