The 53-year-old actor will star as Lee Gates, a television host who gives financial advice on his show titled Money Monster. Gates is later taken hostage by a man who has lost everything, and he must reveal high-stakes secrets on air to keep himself alive. Through the scandal, his television ratings start to soar.
Foster most recently directed an episode of the Netflix original series, House of Cards. She has also directed several films including 2011’s The Beaver which starred Mel Gibson and Jennifer Lawrence. Foster also received an Emmy nomination for an episode of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black that she directed. However, she has never directed Clooney in a film and she says she is very excited to.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to start our Money Monster adventure alongside such a talented and passionate team,” Foster said in a statement. “[Chairman] Tom Rothman and TriStar really get the movie and are the best cheerleaders our filmmaking team could hope for.”
TriStar Productions has gained the rights to Money Monster, and is set to start filming in 2015. “It is impossible to resist saying that we at TriStar hit the talent jackpot today. We are deeply grateful to all the exceptional people involved. There is no one in the business whose talent, dedication and intelligence, I respect more than Jodie Foster,” TriStar Productions Chairman Tom Rothman said. “And, as the bonus coupon on this blue chip investment, we get to enjoy George Clooney in a tour de force acting part. I have no doubt that his collaboration with Jodie will produce an iconic and cool film.”
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