Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment today announced that production is officially underway in New Orleans on The Big Short, which is confirmed to star Christian Bale (American Hustle, The Dark Knight trilogy), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, “The Office”), Ryan Gosling (Drive, Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Brad Pitt (Fury, World War Z). Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys) is directing with a supporting cast that includes Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River) and Marisa Tomei (Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Wrestler).
The Big Short is also written by McKay, from a script by Charles Randolph (Love and Other Drugs), based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling non-fiction book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.” It tells the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
Rounding out the cast is Tracy Letts (“Homeland,” Elvis & Nixon), Hamish Linklater (“The Newsroom,” 42), John Magaro (Unbroken, Not Fade Away), Byron Mann (The Man with the Iron Fists, Rise of the Legend), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, Prometheus), Jeremy Strong (Selma, Zero Dark Thirty) and Finn Wittrock (Unbroken, “American Horror Story”).
The movie will be produced by Academy Award winners Pitt, Dede Gardner (Selma, 12 Years a Slave) and Jeremy Kleiner (Selma, 12 Years a Slave) via their Plan B Entertainment banner.