Feature film drama The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’s bestselling nonfiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, will feature an all-star cast expected to include Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale. All three actors are currently in talks to appear in the film, which chronicles the events that led to the 2007-2008 financial crisis. The bestselling book explored the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s, which precipitated the catastrophe.
Brad Pitt is already on board to produce the film via his Plan B banner in conjunction with Paramount. The actor was responsible for convincing his fellow Hollywood A-listers, Gosling and Bale, to get involved in the project. Pitt previously brought another of Lewis’ books to the big screen, the sports drama Moneyball, which became a big hit when it was released in 2011.
The screenplay was written by Adam McKay, who is also expected to direct the picture. McKay is best known for writing and directing a number of Will Ferrell comedies, including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and its sequel. He also wrote the highly anticipated Ant-Man, due out later this year.
Pitt’s next venture is the big screen romance By the Sea, which he is producing and starring in with his wife Angelina Jolie, who is also writing and directing.