As his latest film, “Dumb Money,” prepares for a wider release this Friday, Craig Gillespie has made a move to CAA for comprehensive representation across all areas. Following the success of his acclaimed film “I, Tonya,” which centered on the controversial Olympic skater Tonya Harding, “Dumb Money” tackles the GameStop stock saga, transforming it into another captivating underdog story enriched with both drama and comedic elements.
Formerly with UTA, Gillespie both directed and produced “Dumb Money,” a Sony and Black Bear feature. The film made its premiere this month at the Toronto Film Festival, receiving high praise from both critics and audiences. It had a limited release on September 15 and is scheduled for a wide release on September 29. Furthermore, “Dumb Money” is set to be showcased at global film festivals, including the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Zurich Film Festival in the coming weeks.
Scripted by Lauren Blum and Rebecca Angelo, “Dumb Money” boasts a star-studded cast featuring Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Nick Offerman, Pete Davidson, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley, America Ferrera, and Anthony Ramos. The film melds drama with comedic elements as it delves into the GameStop stock squeeze, a phenomenon that shook Wall Street and cost a billion-dollar hedge fund dearly. Based on Ben Mezrich’s book “The Antisocial Network,” the movie sheds light on the remarkable 2021 news story where a group of amateur investors triumphed over Wall Street, profiting immensely from the struggling video game retailer, GameStop.
Craig Gillespie, originally from Australia, has an impressive filmography that includes Disney’s “Cruella” starring Emma Stone, with a sequel in the works. He gained widespread recognition with the 2017 feature “I, Tonya,” featuring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter-Hauser, and Allison Janney. The film garnered three Academy Award nominations and five BAFTA nominations. Gillespie’s directorial repertoire also includes “Lars and the Real Girl,” “The Finest Hours,” “Million Dollar Arm,” and a remake of “Fright Night.”
In the realm of television, Gillespie serves as both director and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated Hulu limited series “Pam & Tommy,” revolving around the infamous sex tape scandal and starring Lily James and Sebastian Stan. Additionally, he took on the role of executive producer and director for the Apple TV+ series “Physical.”
Craig Gillespie’s career continues to thrive, and he maintains representation through Warren Dern at Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern, as well as Narrative PR.