Jack O'Connell cast in Money Monster

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 February 2015
Jack O'Connell

Jack O'Connell

British actor Jack O'Connell has been cast alongside Hollywood star George Clooney in 'Money Monster'

Jack O'Connell is to star alongside George Clooney in 'Money Monster'.

The 24-year-old actor, who recently appeared in the Angelina Jolie-directed movie 'Unbroken', admits he couldn't pass up the opportunity to star alongside the Hollywood icon, even if there's a danger he'll be typecast.

Speaking about his next acting job, O'Connell - who won the EE Rising Star award at the BAFTAs - said: "I might have done myself a bit of injustice in the next role because he's an angry youngster again.

"But saying that it is New York, it is modern day, and it's opposite George Clooney - so I wasn't going to pass up that opportunity at the risk of seeming like a one-trick pony."

Jodie Foster is set to direct the much-anticipated film, which follows the fortunes of TV personality Lee Gates (Clooney), who offers money advice on his hit show.

O'Connell, meanwhile, has been cast in the role of Kyle Budwell, who is a struggling worker who hatches a kidnap plot to take Clooney's on-screen character hostage live on air.

Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts has also been linked to a role in the film, which is set for release this year.

Money Monster

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jodie Foster
  • Cast: Jack O'Connell, Julia Roberts, George Clooney
  • UK release: 27 May 2016

Lee Gates (Clooney) is a motormouth host of a financial advice show, directed by Patty (Roberts); then desperate Kyle (O'Connell) hijacks the show and forces Lee to wear a bomb vest. Earnest and moderately entertaining hostage thriller, but despite good performances and snappy editing it comes close to being The Big Short…

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