Steve Carell in Talks to Join Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling in Michael Lewis’ Adaptation The Big Short

Steve Carell is in talks to join Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale in an adaptation of Michael Lewis’ best seller The Big Short that Plan B is producing for Paramount.

If a deal is made Carell will join the trio who are already in various stages of talks, in the true-life drama, which chronicles multiple storylines and juggles various characters against the backdrop of the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s that led to the 2007-08 global financial crisis.

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.

Carell will play Steve Eisman a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages for FrontPoint Partners. Gosling is set to play Deutsche Bank trader Greg Lippmann, Bale will portray the founder of Scion Capital and one of the first people to predict the coming crisis, Michael Burry, and Pitt will be in a supporting role as a partner at Cornwell Capital, Ben Hockett.

Pitt and his Plan B shingle are producing The Big Short with a script by Adam McKay. McKay is on board to direct the drama, although there is no timetable yet.


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