Steve Carell in Talks to Join Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling in 'The Big Short' (Exclusive)

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Brad Pitt is producing the adaptation of the Michael Lewis nonfiction best-seller and will also co-star.

Steve Carell, who has already shown his dramatic chops with his acclaimed performance in Foxcatcher, is continuing his push into drama.

The actor is in talks to join Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale in The Big Short, the adaptation of a Michael Lewis best-seller that Plan B is producing for Paramount.

If a deal makes, Carell will join the trio, who are in various stages of talks, in the true-life drama, which chronicles multiple storylines and juggles various characters against the backdrop of the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s that led to the 2007-08 global financial crisis.

Carell will play Steve Eisman, a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages for FrontPoint Partners.

(Gosling is to play Deutsche Bank trader Greg Lippmann. Bale will portray Michael Burry, the founder of the Scion Capital and one of the first people to predict the coming crisis. In a supporting role, Pitt will take on Ben Hockett, a partner at Cornwall Capital.)

Pitt and his Plan B shingle are producing Big Short, which has a script by Adam McKay. McKay is on board to direct the drama, although there is no timetable yet.

Carell delivered a transformative performance in Foxcatcher with a role that has already earned him Golden Globe, SAG Award and BAFTA nominations.

Carell, repped by WME and Media Four Management, recently wrapped a supporting role in Freeheld, a gay rights drama that stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.