Adam McKay, whose early career was largely characterized by his work with Will Ferrell (Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Other Guys), has turned the corner in recent years toward the more political. In 2016, he won an Academy Award for writing The Big Short (which was also nominated for Best Picture), and McKay has since created a surprisingly awesome podcast, an HBO drama he’s developing about a dysfunctional family that owns a media conglomerate; and now, he’s prepping a movie about Vice President Dick Cheney for Paramount.
The film will presumably track Cheney’s rise from Halliburton to arguably the most powerful Vice President in American history and a guy who has, for decades, helped to shape American foreign policy. We know a lot about Cheney the Villain, but I suspect most of us know less about Cheney the person (although, we may find out that Cheney the Villain and Cheney the Person are indistinguishable).
Anyway, here’s the bonkers part: Christian Bale will be playing Dick Cheney, while Steve Carell will be playing Donald Rumsfeld. Those two also worked with McKay on The Big Short. Meanwhile, Amy Adams has been cast in the role of Dick Cheney’s wife, Lynne.
While most of us have never had much fondness for Dick Cheney, the election of Donald Trump has changed a lot of our perceptions. Cheney was an evil motherfucker, but at least he was intelligent and knew what he was doing, even if what he was doing was getting us involved in unnecessary wars and lining his pockets with enough money steal the hearts of younger men to keep him alive long enough to run the next Republican White House.
Shooting is expected to begin in September for a 2018 release.