It’s been announced that the rather spiffing acting trifecta of Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale will share the screen together in the upcoming financial drama, The Big Short.
Variety exclusively revealed that the trio would be appearing in the hugely anticipated adaptation of Michael Lewis’ best-selling book, The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine.
Brad Pitt’s studio, Plan B Entertainment, are overseeing production of the film, which is being written and directed by Adam McKay.
Brad Pitt will also produce The Big Short. The book, which spent 28 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list when it was released back in 2010, explains how the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s led to the recession and financial crisis between 2007-2010.
Lewis’ piece revolves around several of the key individuals that ultimately profited from the financial crisis. This includes Meredith Whitney, who predicted the collapse of Citigroup and Bear Stearns; Steven Eisman, a hedge fund manager, Deutsche Bank trader Grey Lippman, Dr Michael Burry and quantitative analyst, Eugene Xu.
The book also examines some of the individuals who lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the financial crisis too. Such as Howie Hubler who lost $9 billion in one trade, and Joseph Cassano, who owned AIG Financial Products, which ultimately lost over $99 billion.
Currently, it hasn’t yet been revealed which of these individuals Messrs Pitt, Gosling and Bale will be playing, while it still hasn’t been announced when production will start.
Pitt is reportedly very passionate and eager to bring the film to the big-screen through his studio. Over the last few years, Plan B have developed and release several thought-provoking yet hugely entertaining pieces of cinema.
This actually included Michael Lewis’ book, Moneyball, which was released in 2011 to widespread critical acclaim, while Plan B have also had a hand in creating The Departed, A Mighty Heart, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Tree of Life, Killing Them Softly, 12 Years a Slave and Selma.
The Big Short will be a change of pace for Adam McKay though, who has previously only written and directed the feature-film comedies Anchorman, Anchorman 2, The Other Guys, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers
Michael Lewis’ The Big Short was well-received upon its release, and it was even shortlisted for the 2010 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, as well as receiving the 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Book award.