Dumb Money Scribes/EPs At TIFF Premiere Express Solidarity With WGA & Fight For Transparency

Sony’s Dumb Money fired off its Toronto Film Festival world premiere Friday night, and while the mega ensemble cast of Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Pete Davidson, Shailene Woodley and more couldn’t be there due to the actors strike, the pic’s director Craig Gillespie, producers Teddy Schwartzman and Aaron Ryder and writers/executive producers Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Shuker Blum were.

Angelo and Shuker Blum specified that despite the WGA strike they were present onstage tonight at Roy Thomson Hall in their capacity as EPs.

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The movie, about the common-folk meme investors who profited off the GameStop stock surge much to the chagrin of bigwig investors, is based on Ben Mezrich’s book The Antisocial Network. “We’re just watched a film about the system being rigged. It’s rigged on Wall Street, it’s rigged in Hollywood,” Shuker Blum said in a post-premiere Q&A. “So, we’re proud to be a part of a union that’s fighting for transparency.”

“It was a fast-paced situation and it kept evolving as they kept writing,” he said tonight. “Even the SEC hearings, congressional hearings were happening as they were writing, and we need to get that in the movie, it was such a pivotal part of what was going on; and we meet with Paul Dano and talked about scenes with him.”

“They could turn it around so quickly, so it was fluid movement of things,” Gillespie added.

As we reported, Sony recently tweaked its platform release for Dumb Money, which is going in L.A. and New York City on September 15, followed by a moderate expansion September 22 and wide break on September 29 (it had planned to go wide October 6). It will keep the comedy out of the way of Universal/Blumhouse/Morgan Creek’s tentpole The Exorcist: The Believer on October 6 and the Taylor Swift concert movie Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour on October 13.

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Schuker Blum and Angelo also said tonight that they connected with Dano’s Keith Gil character, who lives a private life, and who is “the heart and soul of the movie.”

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