According to THR, Steve Carell has been signed to join the cast of The Big Short. Carell joins the cast opposite Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt.
The film is based on Michael Lewis’ book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. Adam McKay (Stepbrothers, Anchorman) is writing the screenplay and is set to direct the project. Below is a synopsis of the book:
When the crash of the U. S. stock market became public knowledge in the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, 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.
The crucial question is this: Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his #1 best-selling Liar’s Poker. Who got it right? he asks. Who saw the real estate market for the black hole it would become, and eventually made billions of dollars from that perception? And what qualities of character made those few persist when their peers and colleagues dismissed them as Chicken Littles?
Carell will star in the film as FrontPoint Partners money manager Steve Eisman. Bale is playing Michael Burry of Scion Capital. Gosling will portray Deutsche Bank trader Greg Lippman. Pitt is playing Cornwall Capital’s Ben Hockett.