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Schreiber checks in for Fischer

Liev Schreiber could be making the right moves, with a possible role in the Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice.

The Ray Donovan star is said to be "in negotiations" to join the cast as Russian chess grandmaster Boris Spassky, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Tobey Maguire is already on board to play the child prodigy chess champion in Edward Zwick's film, which would focus on Bobby's 1972 showdown with Soviet master Boris. He has been developing the movie for the past three years.

Peter Sarsgaard is in talks to portray a priest, who became Bobby's close confidant during his winning streak.

Eastern Promises and Hummingbird screenwriter Steven Knight wrote the screenplay for the film, which is due to start production in Montreal in October.

Liev, who stars in Showtime drama Ray Donovan, has a supporting role in John Turturro's Fading Gigolo, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Peter, last seen in Lovelace opposite Amanda Seyfried, stars in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and will also be in Kelly Reichardt's drama Night Moves alongside Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg.

The 42-year-old also has his continuing role as Ray Seward on the third season of the US version of The Killing.

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