The economic collapse gets a Hollywood makeover in The Big Short trailer

The first trailer for Paramount's star-studded drama The Big Short has arrived, with Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell leading the real-life tale of the 2008 global economic collapse. Adapted from the book by Michael Lewis, the film casts the heavyweight quartet as four investment bankers who bet against the banks in the midst of the housing crisis.

In addition to its prestigious headlining ensemble, the film also boasts Melissa Leo, Mariso Tomei and Karen Gillan in its supporting roster. It hails from Anchorman helmer Adam McKay who steps out of his comedy wheelhouse for the first time on the movie, guiding his veritable cast to what could be some Oscar-winning performances.

Check out the trailer below...

Shooting on the film wrapped earlier this year and it was expected to land a 2016 release date. Clearly the studio has confidence in the finished product as it's now entered the awards race at the last minute, with a November 12 premiere at the AFI Fest secured along with a limited US release on December 11. The Big Short opens wide on December 23 with a UK release to follow.