nicholas-britellNicholas Britell has been hired to score the upcoming drama The Big Short. The film is directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, The Other Guys) and stars Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock. The movie is based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling non-fiction book of the same title and tells the true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008. McKay has also written the screenplay based on a script by Charles Randolph (Love and Other Drugs). Pitt is also producing the New Regency and Plan B Entertainment production with Dede Gardner & Jeremy Kleiner (Selma, World War Z). Britell has previously written the violin performances and spiritual songs for Plan B’s 12 Years a Slave. His other previous scoring credits include Natalie Portman’s A Tale of Love and Darkness and Gimme the Loot. The Big Short is currently in post-production and is expected to be released in 2016 by Paramount Pictures.