George Clooney, Julia Roberts Hostaged Live on Air in ‘Money Monster’; Film Headed to Cannes 2016

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George Clooney and Julia Roberts are reuniting onscreen after a long time in Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster.” They were last seen together in director Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Twelve.” Foster’s film will be screened at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, confirms Variety and The Hollywood Reporter (THR).

As it appears on the Sony Pictures website, the official synopsis of the movie is as follows:

“In the taut and tense thriller Money Monster, Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.”

Variety reports that the movie will likely be screened on a Thursday, the second day of the festival which runs from May 11 to 22. “Money Monster” has its theatrical release date set on May 13. So, those who happen to be at Cannes will be able to see the movie earlier than others.

The screenplay for “Money Monster” is written by Jamie Linden and Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf based on a story by DiFiore & Kouf. It is produced by Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine, George Clooney, Grant Heslov. Kerry Orent, Tim Crane, Regina Sculley, Ben Waisbren are executive producers on the feature.

Variety reports that this is the second time director Jodie Foster is visiting Cannes with a feature of hers. Her 2011 film, “The Beaver” starring Mel Gibson, was her first project to screen at Cannes. However, this is the first time for Julia Roberts to star in a film at Cannes.

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