Accounting hits Hollywood’s A list with rumored blockbusters

CPAs are finally ready for their closeup, Mr. DeMille.

The closest the profession ever comes to sniffing actual Hollywood stardom is when PwC — the firm that handles the balloting process for the Academy Awards — handcuffs a briefcase containing the results to a couple of partners and sends them to the Oscars each year.

That’s about to change.

The profession is about to get Hollywood’s A-list treatment with a couple of new films.

The first and most notable is “The Accountant,” a project that has generated a lot of buzz for years now and has finally been green-lighted. The film will star Ben Affleck as a seemingly mild-mannered government accountant who moonlights as an assassin. And Affleck isn’t the only big name on the project. Rumor has it that John Lithgow, Anna Kendrick, Jon Berthal, and 2015 Golden Globes winners Jeffrey Tambor and J.K. Simmons will also have featured roles in the film.

Then there’s “The Big Short,” a film about the 2008 financial crisis based on the best-selling book by Moneyball author Michael Lewis. Variety is reporting that Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Christian Bale have all signed on to be part of the project.

Who said accounting and finance aren’t sexy?


Bill Sheridan