New Chess Movie: 'Mate'
'Mate' is not exactly packed with stars, but it has got a Baldwin brother...sadly it's Stephen .
However it does also feature cameos by Susan Polgar and Jennifer Shahade, who are also listed as co-producers. Presumably their job was to make sure the chessboard was set up right!
Seriously, it's nice to see a movie about chess, and it could be interesting, but somehow I don't think this will be featuring in the Oscar nominations next year
The debut director is Alexander Kane.
The synopsis and cast list is below...
The plot from IMDb:
Two former world chess champions battle wits to determine the greatest champion in history. After one is mysteriously killed, the other is unsuspectingly catapulted into a deadly conspiracy that he must win on and off the board if he is to escape the same fate.
In a world of corruption and deceit, two former world chess champions cross paths and are unsuspectingly drawn into a deadly game of mystery and suspense. Michael Foster and Kyle Kessler are long time arch rivals in the highly competitive game of sixty-four squares. Each has staked his claim to be the best grandmaster of his time. Each has arguably been deemed the greatest chess champion to ever play the game. Yet, beneath the surface of tactics and strategies, there is a truth that engulfs them beyond their calculated geniuses; a truth that suddenly turns their world upside down; a truth that unfolds and forces them on the run from a group of killers who have coerced them into a dangerous game of intrigue. In the world of sixty-four squares, where lies intersect the truth, nothing is what it seems. Inside the mind of a chess king, reality is merely an illusion.
|Stephen Baldwin||Agent Bradley|
|Melinda Clarke||Dr. Mia Middleton|
|Mark Derwin||David Perkins|
|Ian Buchanan||Victor Von|
|F. Valentino Morales||Von's Bodyguard|
|Kelvin Brown||Paul Quaid|
|Maven Huffman||Von's Bodyguard|
|Shaz Khan||Eric Von|
|Margarita Timothee||Von's Attorney|
|Mark Plachta||Ian Zimmerman|
H/T The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog.