Fresh off his award-winning dramatic portrayal in Foxcatcher, Steve Carell is just the latest actor to begin talks of joining the star studded cast of Adam McKay’s THE BIG SHORT. The adaptation of Michael Lewis’ novel, “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” depicts the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s, paying special attention to the people who played a key role in the financial crisis of 2007-2010.
If solidified, Carell would play Steven Eisman, a money manager who shorted subprime mortgage for FrontPointPartners. Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Christian Bale have already inked their deals to star in what seems to be Paramount’s golden child of the year.
Pitt and DeDe Gardner will serve as producers for Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment.
Carell continues to have a thriving comedic career, both in film and on television. His eight year tenure on The Office came with much critical acclaim and even more fan fare. His film career can best be summarized by his work on Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year Old Virgin, and Little Miss Sunshine. As of late, Carell has been leaning towards more dramatic material, which would make his role in The Big Short very inline with his new direction. He can be seen soon starring opposite Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in the dramatic comedy Freeheld.
Olivia Diaz | Staff Writer