Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale are set for The Big Short

Putting Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale in the same movie sounds like something that could only be done if you were going to make a giant superhero movie.  Each of these guys is picky about what they do (rightfully so) and each of them command big, leading roles and nice paychecks.  But somehow, Paramount (with help from Pitt’s Plan-B) managed to get all three to star in the housing drama THE BIG SHORT, for director Adam McKay.  The film is being described as Traffic-esque and will be a sprawling epic that covers various aspects of the housing crisis and is based on Michael Lewis’s (Lewis also wrote MONEYBALL) book of the same name. The official synopsis of Lewis’s book: The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower–and middle–class Americans who can’t pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren’t talking.

It sounds like heavy fodder for a film, but the housing crisis has many layers and intricacies that I’m sure they’ll be able to find plenty of juicy roles for these guys and several other A-listers that want in on it.  The only red flag I see is Adam McKay, who is more known for his comedies than handling a drama on the level of TRAFFIC.  It’s almost frustrating that a studio managed to get these guys together for a drama and then handed the reigns to a comedy director.  No offense to McKay, but consider me cautiously optimistic for this one.  (Variety)

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