George Clooney, Julia Roberts' 'Money Monster' to Screen at Cannes Film Festival (Exclusive)

MONEY MONSTER still - Julia Roberts - H 2016
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Jodie Foster directed the thriller, about a financial talk show host who is held hostage by an irate viewer.

Jodie Foster's Money Monster — starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts — has landed a berth at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The news means that at least one major Hollywood studio, Sony, will have a presence at this year's festival, which is set to run May 11-22. So far, the lineup has been kept under tight wraps as festival director Thierry Fremaux and his team finish watching films and mull their options.

Money Monster isn’t expected to be the opening-night film on May 11, according to insiders, but could screen the next day since it hits theaters in North America on May 13. It will mark Roberts' first trip to the iconic festival with a film.

Sony declined comment.

In 2011, Foster's The Beaver also debuted at Cannes.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman scooped up Money Monster when running TriStar Pictures. Clooney plays TV personality Lee Gates, who offers stock advice on his hit show, Money Monster. Trouble unfolds in real-time when he's taken hostage by a viewer (Jack O'Connell) who claims he's been ruined financially.

Dominic West and Caitriona Balfe also star, with Roberts playing the executive producer of the TV show and Clooney's love interest.

Foster shot Money Monster last year in New York City.

In terms of other films that could play at this year's Cannes Film Festival, one possibility is Woody Allen's untitled romantic comedy set in the 1930s and starring Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll and Ken Stott.

Allen is a Cannes regular, and Amazon recently acquired North American rights to the film and is planning a traditional theatrical release this summer before making it available to Amazon Prime members. 

Tatiana Siegel contributed to this report.

March 15, 4 p.m. An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Tom Rothman's title. THR regrets the error.