Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling Drama ‘The Big Short’ Gets First Trailer and Awards Season Release Date (Video)

Adam McKay film also starring Christian Bale and Steve Carell traces conditions that led to global economic meltdown

Last Updated: September 22, 2015 @ 3:49 PM

The new Brad Pitt and Christian Bale-led drama “The Big Short” will be released for an Oscar qualifying run this December, Paramount Pictures announced Tuesday.

The film was originally scheduled to be released in 2016, but will now be get a limited release on Dec. 11 before going wide on Dec. 23.

Based on the best-seller by Michael Lewis, the film sees Pitt, Bale, Steve Carell, and Ryan Gosling playing four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid 2000’s. They decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed. It also stars Finn Wittrock, Marisa Tomei, and Melissa Leo.

The film was directed by Adam McKay, who co-wrote the script with Charles Randolph. Pitt is producing under his Plan B Entertainment banner alongside Dede Gardner and executive producer Louise Rosner.

“Snowden,” the Oliver Stone film about the infamous NSA whistleblower, was originally set to open in the same time frame but was recently pushed to a 2016 release. “The Big Short” will now open against films like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Dec. 17), the latest David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence collaboration “Joy” (Dec. 25), and the Will Smith drama “Concussion” (Dec. 25).

Other films opening in December include the new Mark Wahlberg/Will Ferrell comedy “Daddy’s Home” (Dec. 25), “Alvin and the Chipmunks 4: The Road Chip” (Dec. 23), and the remake of “Point Break” (Dec. 25).

Watch the first trailer for “The Big Short” above.