Are Jonah Hill and Maisie Williams making a finance movie about FTX?

Eve Edwards November 16, 2022
Are Jonah Hill and Maisie Williams making a finance movie about FTX?
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If you’ve come across a fan-casting of Jonah Hill and Maisie Williams in a movie about crypto currency exchange FTX, you may be hoping it’s set to become reality.

Both actors have been fixtures on our screens during the past two decades as we’ve watched them grow up. We’ve watched Hill transition from iconic teen comedy Superbad to Oscar-nominated performances in Moneyball and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Audiences have followed Williams through Game Of Thrones, she was just 14 years old when the show launched.

Now some fans are hoping Jonah Hill and Maisie Williams will star in a The Big Short-style movie about FTX. But where has this rumor come from?

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Are Jonah Hill and Maisie Williams making a movie together?

No. Unfortunately for anyone who has been fooled into thinking Jonah Hill and Maisie Williams are working together on a movie, this rumor originates from a Twitter joke.

The Wolf Of Wall Street star and Game Of Thrones hero aren’t signed up to any projects together. They have never collaborated in the past and are not known associates.

So while we’d love to see the actors – both seasoned in comedy and drama – play off against each other, we’ll have to stay fan-casting for now.

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How the Jonah x Maisie finance movie joke emerged

The joke started with a viral tweet shared on November 14 that featured images of Jonah Hill and Maisie Williams. The tweet was captioned: “These two are going to make the greatest finance movie ever made.” It has been liked on Twitter more than 154,000 times as of publication date.

Those Twitter users liking the tweet will have understood it as a joke. For those who missed it at first glance, the viral tweet is commenting on Jonah Hill and Maisie Williams’ supposed likeness to two people involved with FTX at the time of the currency exchange’s collapse.

The viral tweet claims there’s a likeness between Jonah Hill and Sam Bankman-Fried, founder and former chief executive of FTX. The same person was calling for Williams to be cast as Caroline Ellison, chief executive of another of Bankman-Fried’s businesses, Alameda Research.

Who are Sam Bankman-Fried and Caroline Ellison?

Sam Bankman-Fried, 30, is an entrepreneur, investor and former billionaire. Often referred to as SBF, Bankman-Fried has been described as the “next Warren Buffett” and predicted to be “the world’s first trillionaire”. He was even dubbed the “JP Morgan of crypto.”

In 2017, Bankman-Fried founded quantitative trading firm Alameda Research. Two years later, he launched FTX. SBF is the son of Stanford Law School professors and graduated from MIT before pursuing a career on Wall Street. He is currently based in the Bahamas.

Caroline Ellison was named chief executive of Alameda Research in July 2021. Her father, Glenn Ellison, is head of the economics department at MIT. Ellison graduated from Stanford University and worked as a trader at Jane Street before becoming involved with FTX and Alameda.

SBF and Ellison were once in a relationship, the New York Post reports.

FTX bankruptcy filing

The viral tweet about Jonah Hill and Maisie Williams was made just days after news about FTX erupted.

FTX filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, November 11, as per the Daily Mail’s report. Other crypto firms are expected to follow suit. The FTX crash resulted in the 15 largest cryptocurrencies losing $152 billion of market value, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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Eve Edwards is a staff writer for The Focus who has been with GRV Media since April 2019. Having gained a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Bristol, Eve joined GRV starting out as a writer for Reality Titbit before making her way over to HITC. With a passion for music, TV, and cultural news, Eve eventually found a home at The Focus. Eve spent 2021-2022 freelancing for GRV Media while she completed a Masters in Music Performance, and brings her wide array of interests to the company in her written work. In Eve's spare time you'll find her working her way through the day's Wordle, Heardle, and Quordle, or struggling to complete The Guardian's cryptic crossword.