Christian Bale-Brad Pitt Drama 'The Big Short' to Get December 2015 Release

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Paramount's Adam McKay-directed film also stars Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling.

In a surprise move, Paramount Pictures has slotted Adam McKay's The Big Short for a late 2015 release, giving it a shot in this year's Oscar race. The film, which stars Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Finn Wittrock, wasn't expected to be released until 2016.

Paramount will release the film in limited release on Dec. 11 and then in wide release on Dec. 23.

The film also will make its world premiere as AFI's closing-night film on Nov. 12.

Based on Michael Lewis' best-seller, The Big Short chronicles the men who made millions from a global economic meltdown and those who tried to stop it. When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to acknowledge, they had an idea: the big short. Their bold investment led them into the dark underbelly of modern banking, where they had to question everyone and everything.

Charles Randolph and McKay wrote the screenplay.

When it opens in wide release during the Christmas frame, The Big Short will square off against five other releases, including two adult-skewing dramas: the Will Smith starrer Concussion and the latest David O. Russell-Jennifer Lawrence partnership, Joy. Also opening that weekend are Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and the Point Break remake. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in its second weekend in theaters. Last week, Oliver Stone's Snowden moved out of the Christmas frame to 2016, opening up the slot for The Big Short.

The below trailer for The Big Short was released Tuesday.