EXCLUSIVE: As his latest film Dumb Money heads into wider release Friday, Craig Gillespie has moved to CAA for representation in all areas. Following in the footsteps of his acclaimed film I, Tonya, about the controversial Olympic skater Tonya Harding, Dumb Money turns the GameStop stock saga into another underdog story with propulsive drama and comedic moments.
Gillespie, who had been at UTA, directed and produced Sony and Black Bear feature Dumb Money, which premiered this month at the Toronto Film Festival to great critical and audience acclaim, opened September 15 in limited release and is set to go wide September 29. The pic will continue screening throughout the global festival circuit at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Zurich Film Festival in the weeks ahead.
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Scripted by Lauren Blum and Rebecca Angelo, Dumb money stars Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Nick Offerman, Pete Davidson, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley, America Ferrera, and Anthony Ramos in a drama with comedic elements about the GameStop stock squeeze that felled a billion-dollar hedge fund. An adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s book The Antisocial Network, the film takes on the huge 2021 news story about how a group of amateur investors rattled Wall Street and made millions off GameStop, a failing video game retailer.
The Aussie Gillespie’s films include the Disney’s Cruella with Emma Stone and a sequel planned post-strike. His breakout came with the 2017 feature I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter-Hauser and Allison Janney, which received three Academy Award nominations and five BAFTA nominations. He also directed Lars and the Real Girl, The Finest Hours, Million Dollar Arm and the Fright Night remake.
For television, Gillespie is the director and EP of the Emmy-nominated Hulu limited series Pam & Tommy, about the infamous sex tape scandal, that starred Lily James and Stan. He also executive produced and directed Physical for Apple TV+.
He continues to be represented by Warren Dern at Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern and Narrative PR.
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