Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling to star in The Big Short

Financial drama The Big Short is putting together one hell of an A-list cast, with Variety reporting that Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling are all set to star.

The film will be written and directed by Adam McKay, and will follow a cast of characters responsible for key roles in the financial crash that rocked the economy back in 2008.

The film is based on The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine, a book by Moneyball author Michael Lewis charting the buildup of the housing and credit bubble throughout the noughties.

There's no word on when production will begin on this one, but with all three stars tied to busy schedules, cameras won't be able to begin rolling on this one before the summer at the earliest.

Pitt's production company, Plan B, will be producing the film, with the actor said to be extremely passionate about getting the film made, as was the case with Moneyball.