Right after debuting the first trailer and announcing a December release yesterday, Paramount Pictures announced that The Big Short will be the closing night gala for the 29th AFI Fest in November. Last year’s closing night film, Foxcatcher, went on to garner five Oscar nominations, including Best Director, Best Actor (Steve Carell) and Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo).
Chock full of Academy Award winners (Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Brad Pitt) and nominees (Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling), the film, directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) looks to take aim at same crowd that ate up The Wolf of Wall Street except this story is about the other side. Based on the non-fiction novel by Michael Lewis “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” the film tells the story of the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s that led to the discovery of mass subprime fraud and the financial crisis of 2007-2010.
As previously announced, Universal’s By the Sea, written, directed and starring Angelina Jolie-Pitt and also starring Brad Pitt, is the festival’s opening night film. AFI Fest runs from November 5-12, 2015.