Money Monster is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Jodie Foster and written by Alan Di Fiore, Jim Kouf and Jamie Linden. The film stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West and Caitriona Balfe. It follows a TV personality, Lee Gates, and a viewer, Kyle Budwell, who takes Gates as a hostage after losing his family’s money on a bad tip by Gates. Filming began on February 27, 2015, in New York City. TriStar Pictures released the film on May 13, 2016.