Adam McKay's 'The Big Short' has an all-star cast featuring Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei and Melissa Leo.
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23 Sep 2015 - 12:22 PM  UPDATED 23 Sep 2015 - 12:30 PM

The film, based on the book by Michael Lewis ('The Blind Side'), tells the story of bond and real estate derivative geeks who saw the housing crash of 2008 coming and bet against the collateralised debt obligation bubble, thus striking it rich. 

"The banks got greedy and we can profit off their stupidity."

The Big Short could be an awards play for Christian Bale and particularly Steve Carell, with other hopes for best picture and best adapted screenplay lingering.

Like David Gordon Green's Our Brand Is Crisis, it tackles current events from a dark humour angle and that could resonate amid other, deadly serious contenders like Black Mass and The Danish Girl.

The Big Short will be released in the US on December 11, and does not yet have an Australian release date.

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