Tobey Maguire (the “Spider-Man” trilogy, “Brothers”) will play Fischer, and Liev Schreiber (TV’s “Ray Donovan”) will play his Soviet archrival, Boris Spassky, in a film directed by Edward Zwick (“Love & Other Drugs,” “Blood Diamond”). The film takes place at the height of the Cold War, when Fischer, the challenger, took on Spassky, the champion, during the 1972 World Chess Championship.
Production for “Pawn Sacrifice” began in early October, and the film started shooting in Montreal this week. Filming is scheduled to finish in Los Angeles on Dec. 11.
Peter Sarsgaard will have a supporting role in the film as well, but his character has yet to be revealed, according to the film’s IMDb page.
Stuhlbarg can be seen reprising his role as Arnold Rothstein in the current season of “Boardwalk Empire,” which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.