Star-Studded ‘Dumb Money’ Trailer Reveals the Absurdity of the GameStop Saga
Paul Dano takes on the high-stakes world of Wall Street in the first trailer for Sony’s latest movie, Dumb Money. The stock markets may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but 2021’s GameStop debacle proved that retail investors have the power to not just outperform, but also decimate hedge fund managers and the so-called Wall Street status quo.
Based on Ben Mezrich’s nonfiction novel The Antisocial Network: The GameStop Short Squeeze and the Ragtag Group of Amateur Traders That Brought Wall Street to Its Knees, this upcoming comedy-drama, helmed by Craig Gillespie, takes us on a wild ride, following a community of individuals from the r/WallStreetBets subreddit, led by Paul Dano’s Keith Gill, a real-life YouTuber known by his online alias Roaring Kitty. With clever manoeuvring, they managed to drive up the GameStop stock price to unexpected heights, which not only threw a wrench in the plans of hedge funds that had bet against it but also turned these everyday traders into overnight millionaires.
Gill took advantage of Reddit and YouTube to rally more people behind the campaign, explaining how anyone could reap the rewards from investing in the stock. In addition to Paul Dano, the star-studded cast of Dumb Money includes Shailene Woodley, who portrays Keith’s supportive wife, Caroline Gill. Pete Davidson takes on the role of Kevin Gill, Keith’s brother. Seth Rogan steps into the shoes of Gabe Plotkin, a hedge fund manager entangled in the incident, while Nick Offerman plays Kenneth C. Griffin, another prominent figure in the world of hedge funds.
The recently released trailer for Dumb Money perfectly captures the chaotic frenzy surrounding GameStop, offering a glimpse into Gill’s extraordinary journey from average Joe to toppling Wall Street. The trailer for Dumb Money hops between Gill’s family and the wealthy Plotkin family, showcasing a dramatic dichotomy between Gill, who is making life-changing millions, and Plotkin, played by Seth Rogan, who is enduring substantial daily losses. “You got rich dudes pissing in their pants right now,” Pete Davidson’s Kevin tells Dano. It then shifts focus to Gill’s transformative journey, as he successfully earns a staggering $11 million through his GameStop investments.
We also get a look at Dano’s charismatic Roaring Kitty, excitedly promoting GameStop shares and encouraging people to invest and buy the stocks. Vincent D’Onofrio’s Steven A. Cohen, the billionaire owner of the New York Mets and manager of the hedge fund Point72 Asset Management also makes a brief appearance, as well as Sebastian Stan as Vlad Tenev, the head of the Robinhood app, who finds himself directly entangled in all the frenzy. America Ferrera rounds the cast as nurse Jenny Campbell, who looks to turn her fortune around by making a few additional bucks.
The film’s screenplay is written by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo. The production credits are shared among Aaron Ryder from Ryder Pictures Company, Teddy Schwarzman from Black Bear Pictures, and Gillespie himself. Get ready to witness “the insane true story that shocked the world” when Dumb Money hits theatres on September 22.