When you put Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale together in a movie you can definitely get a certain segment of the audience to buy tickets, even if said movie is about the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s that led to the Great Recession. At least that's what Paramount and Plan B are hoping with The Big Short, based on Moneyball author Michael Lewis' non-fiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.
The book follows some of the people who saw the crash coming and some who didn't, and features people who made millions on the ruined economy while also examining people who were broken. I'm not sure what the central story of the movie will be, but Adam McKay - who worked a lot of economic crisis stuff into The Other Guys - is writing the script and directing the movie, so I imagine he's found a human story in the middle.
I imagine, but I'm not sure. McKay is very stridently political and very interested in economics; he's interested to a degree that I hope hasn't blinded him to the fact that most of the rest of us a) don't get this stuff and b) kind of instinctually snooze off when people start talking about it.
We can assume this isn't going to be a standard bit of McKay madness, but does that mean there's no room for Will Ferrel?