Netflix’s new miniseries THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT, which follows an orphan in late-1950s Kentucky named Beth Harmon who discovers that she has an incredible talent for chess, premieres October 23. Based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel, Isla Johnston plays the young Beth.
Beth goes on to develop an addiction to tranquilizers, which were then used as sedatives for children. “Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession,” according to a Netflix synopsis, “Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.”
Scott Frank, of Logan and Godless, co-created, executive produced, directed, and wrote the series, with Allan Scott, who also co-created and executive produced it, and William Hornberg, who executive produced.