Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell in talks to join 'Money Monster'

Julia Roberts and Jack O'Connell are in talks to join George Clooney in the financial drama 'Money Monster'

Julia Roberts and Jack O'Connell may capitalize on TriStar's upcoming financial drama "Money Monster."

The Oscar-winning actress and the rising British actor are in talks to join George Clooney in the cast of the Jodie Foster-directed movie, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed. The Wrap first reported the news.

The film, which is to unfold in near-real time, stars Clooney as a blustering TV stock huckster whose show (the eponymous "Money Monster") and life are taken hostage by an outraged gunman. O'Connell would play the gunman, and Roberts would play Clooney's producer.

If a deal goes through, "Money Monster" will mark a reunion for Clooney and Roberts, who previously worked together on the "Ocean's Eleven" films and "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." Roberts' other projects in the works include an English-language remake of the Argentinian thriller "The Secret in Their Eyes."

O'Connell, meanwhile, is a relative unknown who could be poised for a breakout with his lead role in "Unbroken," Angelina Jolie's biopic about the Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini. That film is set for release Christmas Day from Universal.

"Money Monster," Foster's fourth feature as a director, is written by Jamie Linden (Alan DiFore and Jim Kouf penned the original draft). Producers are Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine, Grant Heslov and Clooney.

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