So it’s kind of like a twist on “Talk Radio” and “The King Of Comedy” then with more economic outrage? In the Jodie Foster-directed “Money Monster,” George Clooney plays a loudmouth financial TV show host who gets taken hostage while on-air by an angry gunman — who happens to have lost everything by following the talking head’s investment advice. Rising star Jack O’Connell, who led Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” stars as the livid investor who makes the talk-show host reveal secrets on air to survive, and Julia Roberts plays the director and executive producer of the “Money Monster” program who is also Clooney’s love interest.
Clooney’s character is obviously modeled after a “Mad Money,” Jim Cramer-style financial guru, but it remains to be seen if he’ll play the man that obnoxious. While the thriller seems topical in an era of Occupy Wall Street, 1%s and income inequality, the director, who directed an episode of “House Of Cards” last season, insists it’s not as political as it sounds.
“The film is not a polemic,” Jodie Foster told EW recently. “It’s really about the brotherhood that forms between these two men who thought they were on opposite sides, who hated each other, until they realize they’re both fighting for the same thing.”
“Money Monster” also co-stars Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Meade, and Caitriona Balfe and is due in theaters on May 13th. Watch the first trailer below.