Jack O’Connell is having quite the year thanks to Starred Up and ’71, and he’s still got Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken on the way as well, but apparently things are only going to get bigger for the 2014 breakout star. A little over a week ago it was announced that O’Connell scored the lead role in Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited Don Quixote and now he might snatch up another high profile project to go along with it, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster.
O’Connell and Julia Roberts are both currently in negotiations to join George Clooney in the film for Tristar Pictures. Hit the jump for more on Money Monster.
Foster’s been involved in this one for a while. In fact, she was first attached to direct over two years ago. However, clearly the time has come for the project to finally get going and if Roberts and O’Connell do decide to commit, that’ll be one heck of a step forward.
According to Variety, Money Monster focuses on “a stock picker who is held hostage on TV by a man who lost his money after following the tout’s advice — and threatens to kill him if the cameras are turned off.” There’s a chance the script details have changed over the years, but back when Foster first signed on, it was also noted that this stock picker is a TV personality named Lee who’s been dishing out insider trading tips and is widely known as the money guru of Wall Street. This other man, Kyle, is a viewer who takes Lee’s advice and loses all of his family’s money. That’s when Kyle decides to take Lee hostage on air, Lee’s ratings soar and “the entire country tunes in to this media frenzy to find out just how much a man’s life is worth.”
Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine are producing for The Allegiance Theater while Clooney and Grant Heslov will do so for Smokehouse. Money Monster is expected to go into production in the spring.