It’s Doomsday for Christian Bale In ‘The Big Short’

Christian Bale is set to headline an all-star cast in The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine according to Deadline. It isn’t often that a movie can pull together as many A-list stars on one set but Christian Bale is set to star alongside Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, all of whom have played numerous starring roles in the past.

According to The Slanted, Christian Bale and the long list of Hollywood’s biggest stars have been pulled together to star in the movie, an adaptation of the non-fiction Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine. Bale and his co-stars will be working to a screen play by the movies director Adam McKay which is based on a a script by Charles Randolph.

Christian Bale and the rest of the cast play the chief protagonists in the remarkable true story of a group of investors who had recognized just how insane the housing bubble had become prior to the 2008 financial collapse. Lewis’ book tells the story of a group of investors who figured out how to “short” the market, prior to the financial collapse, and of some of those who lost a fortune as a result. In the biggest loss in history one trader lost $9 billion in a single trade and it is believed that AIG lost almost $100 billion in total.

The Daily Mail reports that Christian Bale and his co-stars are already hard at work shooting the movie in New Orleans, Louisiana. They also report that 41-year-old Bale was spotted wearing a large knee brace on his right leg. It is not clear whether Bale sustained an injury whilst shooting The Big Short or if it is a pre-existing injury.

In The Big Short Christian Bale plays Michael Burry, the founder of the Scion Capital, who earned millions during the U.S. housing and credit meltdown that led to the 2007-2008 global financial crisis. It is believed that Burry made a personal fortune of over $100 million whilst making over $700 million for his investors.

Brad Pitt, who is also producing The Big Short will play Cornwall Capital’s Ben Hockett, Ryan Gosling will play Deutsche Bank trader Greg Lippman and Steve Carell stars as FrontPoint Partners money manager Steve Eisman.

The Big Short is Christian Bale’s 28th major movie since he shot to fame as a 13-year-old in Steven Spielberg’s 1987 movie Empire of the Sun. The movie is planned for release in 2016.

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