Steve Carrell set to join Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale in new financial drama The Big Short
The Office star Steve Carrell looks set to join Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale in starring in new financial drama The Big Short.
The film is being adapted from Michael Lewis's book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, which spent 28 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. The book tells the story of the build-up to the housing and credit bubble throughout the 2000s that eventually led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Carell is set for the role of Steve Eisman, a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages for FrontPoint Partners, with Gosling set to play Deutsche Bank trader Greg Lippmann. Christian Bale will play Michael Burry, the founder of the Scion Capital, who is regarded as one of the first people to predict the crisis, while Pitt will portray Ben Hockett, a partner at Cornwall Capital.
Two of Lewis's previous books have become hit films, The Blind Side, the American football drama that saw Sandra Bullock win an Oscar, and Moneyball, Lewis's look at the evolution of statistics in baseball that became a hugely successful movie, which also starred Brad Pitt.
Adam McKay, best known for directing both of the Anchorman films, which starred Carrell, has signed up to direct the film.
Carrell can currently be seen in the universally acclaimed drama Foxcatcher.