How's this for a sterling cast?
Gosling's manager, Ilene Feldman, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that her client is in talks. Representatives for Pitt and Bale and studio Paramount Pictures did not provide comment.
Pitt has previously been associated with the project as a producer, via his Plan B shingle. Pitt also produced and starred in "Moneyball," based on a previous book by Lewis.
"The Big Short" will be written and directed by
Published in 2010, "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine" follows a few savvy investors who saw the subprime mortgage crisis coming and placed bets on the coming collapse.
Should the casting news pan out, "The Big Short" would boast three of Hollywood's most popular leading men. But if Pitt is the biggest name of the three, he's also the least surprising -- the actor often takes on topical material, unlike Bale or Gosling.
The latter two, in fact, have made more enigmatic moves in general.
Bale most recently appeared in "Exodus: Gods and Kings" and has a pair of Terrence Malick movies in the can, but he dropped out of
Gosling, meanwhile, hasn't been seen on screen since 2013, when he appeared in a pair of much maligned films,