Brad Pitt has drafted in a stellar cast for his production company, Plan B's latest project – The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine – another Michael Lewis adaptation, to follow the success of Moneyball. Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale are on board for the project to star alongside Pitt, according to reports in Variety. A heady trio of leading men by anyone's standards.

Michael Lewis' non-fiction book tells the story of the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s, that led to the global financial crisis, which started in 2007. His portfolio reads like a list of hit titles, most of which concentrate on financial subject matter but his second biographical tale, The Blind Side, was made into a feature film in 2009, seeing Sandra Bullock walked away with a 'Best Accress' win at the Oscars the following year.

The first Lewis-Pitt collaboration proved to be a success in 2011, when Lewis' biographical sports book, Moneyball, was adapted for the big screen, by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, for Plan B. 

Pitt and his production partner at Plan B, DeDe Gardner, have established a reputation for selecting hard hitting drama stories, often true, for their production slate, with 12 Years a Slave scooping top honours at the Oscars 2014 including a 'Best Picture' win and Selma deep in the current awards rounds.

There has been no official comment from Plan B or production partner Paramount, but stay tuned to Buro 24/7 as this story develops...