Hollywood actors Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Sebastian Stan and Pete Davidson are on board to star in Black Bear Pictures’ Dumb Money, an adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s book The Antisocial Network.
According to Variety, Dumb Money focuses on the January 2021 “short squeeze” movement around GameStop, where users of the Reddit page “Wall Street Bets” banded together to artificially increase the stock values of video game retail chain GameStop, which suffered from lagging stock prices for years. The situation resulted in major hedge funds as well as independent short sellers taking significant financial losses, and it caused calls for more regulation of the stock market.
Filming for the project, directed by Craig Gillespie, is set to begin this September. Rebecca Angelo & Lauren Schuker Blum are adapting with Ryder Picture Company’s Aaron Ryder, Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman and Gillespie producing. Per the report, Black Bear Pictures will fully finance the film, with Black Bear International handling the foreign distributions rights. Sales for the feature will be launched at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival this September. UTA Independent Film Group will represent the U.S. rights to the feature.
On the work front, Paul Dano will next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s coming-of-age drama The Fabelmans in November and the sci-fi drama Spaceman. He most recently played the Riddler in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Rogen will co-star with Dano in The Fablemans. He recently appeared in Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers. Stan is currently filming A Different Man. The actor, best known for playing Bucky Barnes in Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
Meanwhile, Pete Davidson, who recently quit Saturday Night Live after eight seasons, starred in the A24 slasher film Bodies Bodies Bodies this summer, and will appear with Kaley Cuoco in the romantic comedy Meet Cute this fall. He is currently filming the Peacock comedy series Bupkis, starring alongside Joe Pesci and Edie Falco.