Based on the book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” by Michael Lewis, the drama tells the story of the financial crisis of 2007-2010.
The Paramount Pictures film sees Pitt, Bale, Carell and Gosling playing four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse. They decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.
While Pitt co-stars in the film, he wasn’t present at Thursdays premiere after making a dazzling appearance on Nov. 5 for the “By the Sea” premiere alongside wife
“Great movies demand that we look at our nation and ourselves with an unblinking eye,” Jacqueline Lyanga, Director of AFI FEST said before Thursday’s premiere. “‘The Big Short’ is the perfect exclamation point to our presentation of the year’s best films for its equally humorous, humbling and heart-pounding take on today’s America.”
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.
“The Big Short” opens in limited release on Dec. 11 before going wide on Dec. 23.