The concept of a corporate thriller makes a frightening amount of sense these days. The economy may be in the dirt, but writer-director J.C. Chandor is hoping to dust off some of that grime and deliver an enthralling film focusing on an investment bank during the tumultuous 2008 financial collapse. Not only does the timeliness of the topic create an instant attraction, but so does the top-notch cast. Chandor already has Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto and Stanley Tucci on board and now Simon Baker and Paul Bettany are in negotiations to take roles in Margin Call as well.

Special thanks to Investopedia for shedding some light on the film's title for someone a little behind in the finance department. "You would receive a margin call from a broker if one or more of the securities you had bought (with borrowed money) decreased in value past a certain point. You would be forced either to deposit more money in the account or to sell off some of your assets." Basically, it's a bad thing that some of the players in this film will be forced to do, but it probably won't be Baker because his character has subordinates to do it for him.

As reported by THR, Baker's character is a callous, top-tier securities broker. A level down you'll find the men portrayed by Spacey, Tucci and Quinto who are all urged by their boss to do whatever it takes to succeed. Bettany will play a prominent trader who's completely unconcerned about the man he is even as the economic downfall intensifies. The film will cover each player's efforts to ensure their own survival during a 24-hour period in the earlier portion of the financial meltdown.

The cast is clearly an asset; the only two concerns are Chandor and the subject matter. His only prior work is a short film called Despacito, which starred Will Arnet. Thanks to the seasoned actors Chandor will be working with, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt that when filming begins next week in New York, he'll be in fine shape. Now to the more testy topic, the focus of the piece, the financial crisis. Considering we're still in the midst of it, is it too soon? For those drowning in the ripple effects, perhaps not, but for those investment bankers who suffered from a punch to the gut as opposed to the escalating ache, Margin Call might sting a bit more.
CATEGORIES Casting, Cinematical