Steve Carell Joining the Impressive Cast of Adam McKay's 'Big Short'
Hot on the heels of yesterday's news that Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale would star in a financial drama from Step Brothers director Adam McKay, a more familiar face from the filmmaker's previous efforts is now entering the mix. THR has word that Steve Carell, who has garnered plenty of awards buzz for his role in Foxcatcher, is now in talks for a role in The Big Short, an adaptation of the non-fiction book from Moneyball author Michael Lewis about the most recent collapse of the financial industry, focusing on unregulated bond and real estate derivative markets and the traders behind them.
In addition, we now know specifics on who each actor will play. Carell (who starred in both of McKay's Anchorman comedies as Brick Tamland) is up for the role of Steve Eisman, a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages for FrontPoint Partners; Ryan Gosling will play Deutsche Bank trader Greg Lippmann; Christian Bale will be Michael Burry, the founder of the Scion Capital and one of the people first to see the coming crisis; and Brad Pitt has the role of Ben Hockett, a partner at Cornwall Capital. Who knows how many other big names will join this film, but we could be looking at an awards season hit when the time comes. Stay tuned to see who else ends up in this flick.