So how does the story of this so-called stock translate to the big screen? Per what was revealed during the CinemaCon presentation, the movie is about an investor who “flips the script on Wall Street.” The footage showcased kicks off with Seth Rogen in Miami, in January 2021 (bear in mind, this was just a couple of years ago, so we’re not exactly being asked to transport ourselves too far back in our minds here). Rogen plays the founder of a hedge fund and, unlike your average business-y type, is wearing a Hawaiian shirt. He’s talking on the phone with another money man as they watch the news and notice that something’s happening in the stock market. This is all set to the sounds of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP.”
News channels are buzzing about GameStop’s stock rising rapidly, and we see a montage of a ton of people reacting to the news. We catch a glimpse of America Ferrara as a nurse, and (not hard to imagine) Pete Davidson smoking weed on a couch. Both of them see the news and freak out. Clearly, they bought some stock. Nick Offerman is seen playing Ken Griffin, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel. We see some text that says he’s worth a cool $29 billion. Rogen is confused by the stock rising, while Vincent D’Onofrio’s character identifies that the change in the stock is being driven by a single man: a YouTuber named Roaring Kitty, aka Keith Gill (played by Paul Dano).
While the first couple of minutes of footage were described as a bit “dry,” it should be noted that Rogen looks rather svelte and, to put it bluntly, hot. Dano, it’s also worth noting, has long hair to capture the look accurately.
“Dumb Money” premieres in theaters on October 20, 2023.