WEEK IN WOMEN: Awkwafina Gambles on fact-based BACCARAT MACHINE – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Awkwafina is set to star in SK Global’s upcoming The Baccarat Machine (working title), a feature inspired by the true story of the most successful female gambler in modern history.

The Golden Globe winner will star as Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun in the film, which will focus on her unlikely teaming with living legend poker player Phil Ivey to beat the system.

The Baccarat Machine will be Awkwafina’s second project with SK Global, following her big-screen breakthrough in Warner Bros.’ smash 2018 romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.