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Trivia / The Queen's Gambit

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  • The Danza: Harry Melling plays Harry Beltik.
  • Dawson Casting: Beth is a teenager for much of the show; Anya Taylor-Joy was 23 at the time.
  • Fake American: Most of the characters are American, but the only American actors in the main cast are Moses Ingram and Marielle Heller. Anya Taylor-Joy and Christiane Seidel were also born in America, but both were raised in Europe (and Argentina, in Taylor-Joy's case).
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  • Fake Russian: Vasily Borgov, the Russian world chess champion, is played by Marcin Dorociński, who is Polish.
  • The Red Stapler: The popularity of the series has gotten people interested in chess in real life, with chess sales spiking dramatically and membership in chess organizations seeing a notable bump.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The book was originally going to be adapted in 1983. The rights then changed hands in 1984 when the author, Walter Tevis, died. Finally, in 1992, Scottish screenwriter Allan Shiach (who writes under the pseudonym Allan Scott) acquired the rights and wanted to make an art house film adaption. Then, in 2007 and 2008, Shiach started working with Heath Ledger to adapt the film...and then Ledger died. Finally, in March 2019, Netflix ordered a seven-episode mini-series adaptation. All in all, it took Shiach twenty-eight years after he acquired the rights to make an adaptation.


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