Brad Pitt set for financial drama

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale are set to star in financial drama The Big Short.

The trio of screen hunks are in talks to join the cast for the big-screen adaptation of Michael Lewis' 2010 book, The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine.

Adam McKay, best known for his collaborations with Will Ferrell on Anchorman, The Other Guys and Talladega Nights, is to write and direct the movie, reported Variety.

The non-fiction book, which spent 28 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, tells the story of the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s, which led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010. It follows several key people who played a role in creating the bubble, such as Meredith Whitney, who predicted the demise of Citigroup and Bear Stearns, outspoken hedge fund manager Steve Eisman and Deutsche Bank trader Greg Lippmann.

Fury star Brad will produce The Big Short through his Plan B company, which counts 12 Years A Slave, Selma and Kick-Ass as part of their slate.

It is not yet known when work on this film will start.

Oscar-winner Christian, last seen as Moses in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings, will next star in two untitled Terrence Malick films, as well as voicing panther Bagheera in Andy Serkis' Jungle Book: Origins.

Ryan, who made his directorial debut with Lost River, has wrapped production on thriller The Nice Guys, which also stars Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger.