Parmount has released a new trailer for The Big Short, director Adam McKay‘s (Anchorman, Step Brothers) passion project and first foray into the realm of dramatic filmmaking. Based on the best-selling nonfiction book from Moneyball and The Blindside author Michael Lewis, the film investigates the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s through the story of four economic “outsiders”, played by Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt, who predicted the cataclysmic consequences of the major housing and bank fraud and set out to make the big banks hurt.
The Big Short debuted at AFI Fest earlier this month to positive critical reception (you can check out Brian’s review here), and arrives in limited theaters on December 11th before expanding wide on December 23rd. Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, Tracy Letts, Finn Wittrock, and Hamish Linklater also star. Watch the new trailer below.
McKay has made a name for himself as the writer-director of some of the best loved cult comedies of the last decade, though he’s never made a secret of his interest in economic corruption and disparity. McKay touched on some of his ideological leanings in The Other Guys and is animated short contribution to the anthology We the Economy, but this is the first time he’s been able to put his passion for the subject on full blast. With one of the finest casts imaginable behind him and a sense for spirited, humorous filmmaking, The Big Short has the potential to make a dreary, taxing subject palatable and engaging without becoming a bore.
Here’s the official The Big Short synopsis.
When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.