Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for the highly-anticipated film The Big Short on Tuesday.
The film follows four men who predicted the 2008 financial collapse – Ben Hockett, Steve Eisman, Michael Burry, and Greg Lippmann – and who profited mightily by betting against the American economy.
The story is based on the 2010 book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by acclaimed writer Michael Lewis, who also penned Moneyball and Liar’s Poker.
Scripted and directed by Adam McKay (Step Brothers, Anchorman), the film stars Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, and Steve Carrell. Marisa Tomei, Selena Gomez, and Karen Gillan co-star.
Paramount Pictures announced on Tuesday that The Big Short would be moved up from its original 2016 release date to this December. The move puts the film’s release squarely in the middle of awards season and ensures it qualifies for Oscar consideration.
In addition to starring in the film, Pitt is also producing under his Plan B production shingle.
Check out the trailer above. The Big Short opens in limited release on December 11 before expanding wide on December 23.