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Watch: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt Join Forces in ‘The Big Short’ Trailer

Watch: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt Join Forces in 'The Big Short' Trailer

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Filmmaker Adam McKay took on big banking and the financial crisis in his 2010 action comedy “The Other Guys,” and he’s about to do it again for “The Big Short,” albeit with a huge tonal shift. Trading juvenile laughs for adult-minded drama, “The Big Short” could be a huge breakthrough for McKay, and he’s luckily got Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt to help guide him.

The film is based on the book by bestselling author Michael Lewis (“The Blind Side,” “Moneyball”). The official synopsis reads: “When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.”

In a sign of goodwill for the film, the American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that “The Big Short” will be the Closing Night Gala at the 2015 AFI Film Festival on Thursday, November 12. The movie is a bit of surprise, as many pundits had no idea the film would be ready in time for the 2015-16 awards season.

“Great movies demand that we look at our nation and ourselves with an unblinking eye,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director of AFI FEST. “‘The Big Short’ is the perfect exclamation point to our presentation of the year’s best films for its equally humorous, humbling and heart-pounding take on today’s America.”

The film will be in select theaters on December 11, followed by a nationwide release on December 23. Watch the trailer above.

READ MORE: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale & Ryan Gosling Team For ‘Traffic’-Esque Housing Crisis Drama ‘The Big Short’

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