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Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling Take on ‘The Big Short’ for Adam McKay; Bradley Cooper Circles Directorial Debut

Written by on January 13, 2015 

Actor Brad Pitt arrives to find his seat in the Expo Hall at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles

Update: Steve Carell is set to join the cast as Steve Eisman, “a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages for FrontPoint Partners,” THR reports. Production begins on March 23rd in New Orleans.

Variety tell us that, in a prime example of pull-the-slot-machine actors-director assembly, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling are set to headline The Big Short, an Adam McKay-helmed account of various events that led to the late-2000s housing crisis. Plan B will yet again the work of Michael Lewis, whose non-fiction book of the same title brings readers inside the machinations that saw some profit from these very events — exactly the sort of fodder that fits Plan B’s initiative for “serious dramas that tackle important issues.”

There’s no word on when things may commence, though McKay’s schedule has, with one exception, pointed towards little in the near-future.

Bradley-Cooper-Oscars-2014Meanwhile, Deadline tell us the long-developing Honeymoon with Harry has come back to life with an unlikely director: Bradley Cooper. The star, who first became attached in August of 2010, is looking to make this his helming debut, all while co-starring with Robert De Niro, who had himself departed in 2011 on account of script issues. Dan Fogelman (Last Vegas, The Guilt Trip) has since reshaped the project in some form or another, thus raising questions of how much has been changed from the original logline. That can be read below:

Cooper read the role of a formerly self-centered womanizing booze-hound who changed his ways when he met a girl and fell in love. De Niro read the role of the girl’s father, who recognizes himself in the young man, and tries to break them up. They get engaged anyway. When she dies tragically just before their wedding, the groom heads off on their honeymoon to drown his sorrows and drink himself to death. There, he meets his almost father-in-law, who has come to spread his daughter’s ashes on her favorite beach.

Are you intrigued by news of either project?

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