There’s no shortage of movies already based on real-life, historical incidents surrounding the Stock Market, but all in the first trailer for Sony’s upcoming Stupid money movie – a biographical comedy-drama about the events of the GameStop short squeeze – beautifully demonstrates why we’re craving it so much. Special when it comes to a David vs Goliath-esque plot where “the little guy” takes on the Wall Street establishment.
Directed by Craig Gillespie from I, Tonya (2017) and Cruella (2021), Stupid money is a dramatized retelling of how a bunch of amateur investors on the r/WallStreetBets subreddit deliberately inflated struggling GameStop stocks to screw up the hedge funds that went short while getting rich at the same time.
Many big names are associated with this project. Paul Dano as Keith Gill – also known by his online alias of Roaring Kitty — a former financial analyst who became the driving force behind the movement. Pete Davidson plays Keith’s brother, Kevin Gill, while Seth Rogan and Nick Offerman play Gabe Plotkin and Kenneth C. Griffin respectively – two of the hedge fund managers involved in the incident. Sebastian Stan, Anthony Ramos, America Ferrera, Shailene Woodley and Vincent D’Onofrio are also featured.
Interestingly, Sony says so Stupid money is based on The antisocial network – a book written by Ben Mezrich about the GameStop short squeeze. That bodes well, since Mezrich also wrote The accidental billionairewhich was later adapted for the big screen as The Social Network (2010). There is currently no age rating assigned to the film which arrives in theaters in the US on September 22.