It’s looking as though Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster” will make its world premiere at Cannes. The drama, starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, hasn’t officially been confirmed as part of the lineup by the festival, but Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets are reporting that the film will screen at Cannes, likely in advance of its May 13 U.S. theatrical release date.
“Money Monster” focuses on a TV personality, financial guru Lee
Gates (Clooney), who is taken hostage by a viewer (Jack O’
Connell, “Unbroken”). Meanwhile, the show’s producer (Roberts)
tries to diffuse the crisis — which involves a bomb-rigged vest that
Lee is forced to wear at gun point. Per the gunman’s request, all
of it is televised live.
This won’t mark Foster’s first time screening a film at Cannes. “The Beaver” debuted at the festival in 2011.
Last year, only two of 19 films in Competition at Cannes were directed by women, and four out of 19 in the Un Certain Regard section.