LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Paramount Pictures released its trailer for "The Big Short," starring Christian Bale and Brad Pitt in the adaptation of Michael Lewis's book about the 2008 financial crisis and the four money-men who saw what was coming and plotted to make a killing by selling short.
Pitt and Bale play fictionalized versions of real-life hedge fund managers Ben Hockett and Michael Burry. Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling co-star as money manager Steve Eisman (Carrell) and trader Greg Lippmann (Gosling).
The trailer shows the four characters taking advantage of Wall Street after predicting the 2008 housing crash. The men were among the few to profit from the U.S. financial crisis that began in 2007, peaked with the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008, and lasted until 2010. Michael Lewis' book chronicling the collapse The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine was published by W.W. Norton in 2010.
The Big Short is directed by Anchorman helmer Adam McKay. Marisa Tomei co-stars as Carrell's character's wife, and Melissa Leo, Hamis Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock also have roles.
"I'm angry," Pitt told People at the film's New York premiere. "I'm angry that so many people lost their homes. Families were put on the street, they lost their life savings, and yet no one was held accountable. No senior official was held accountable. That's amazing."
The Big Short premiered at AFI Fest this month, and opens in theaters Dec. 11. Pitt will also star in War Machine with Will Poulter, while Bale is slated for Knight of Cups with Natalie Portman and The Promise with Oscar Isaac.