Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Amy Adams Circling Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Biopic

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After diving into the economic crisis of 2008, “The Big Short’s” Adam McKay is taking aim at one of Washington’s most polarizing figures.

Sources tell Variety that Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Amy Adams are in talks to star in McKay’s untitled Dick Cheney biopic for Paramount. Sources say Bale is on board to play the former vice president, Carell would portray Donald Rumsfeld, and Adams would play Lynne Cheney.

McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions and Brad Pitt’s Plan B is on board to produce.

McKay will direct from his own screenplay with the studio and producers aiming to shoot the movie in the spring for an awards-season push, similar to “Big Short.” Producers are Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner through Plan B along McKay and his Gary Sanchez partners, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick.

Cheney served in the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush before becoming the CEO of Halliburton. He was VP between 2001 and 2009 under George W. Bush and was at the center of foreign policy as that administration pursued post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq along with “enhanced interrogation” programs against suspected terrorists.

McKay has been vocal recently about his countless hours spent researching Cheney and his climb to power, and has been working hard to get Bale on board as the titular politician.

Bale, who was nominated for best supporting actor for his work on “The Big Short,” can be seen next in Scott Cooper’s western “Hostiles.” Carell recently wrapped Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” and can be seen next in “Battle of the Sexes,” where he will play Bobbie Riggs. Adams is coming off a busy 2016 that included “Nocturnal Animals,” “Arrival,” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Bale, Carell, Adams, and McKay are all repped by WME.

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  1. John Th says:

    Is this some kind of joke?

  2. Brad Lee says:

    I say let Dick Cheney rot away into the sunset in peace. The principal architect of “kill Sadam no matter how many trillions of dollars, billions of limbs left behind, and millions of civilian lives lost” – and perpetrator of the “WMDs” voodoo deserves to have his artificial heart unplugged in silence, out of the public (which he craves) eye. We don’t need or want a “bio-pic”. (properly pronounced biOPic BTW.. a much cooler way to say it than “BI-o-pic”. Just sayin’ WHATEV. All that said, I’d lick Amy Adams off the screen so film away folks.

  3. Alex Wright says:

    Who will play the rape victim in the Bill Clinton bio?

  4. Bill Williams says:

    How’s that docupic about Hillary Milhaus Felon and Rapey Billy’s corrupt, greedy, greasy existence coming along?

    • Steve says:

      Maybe you folks should try to convince some right-wing billionaire to fund movies you want to see, instead of whining about how the culture is picking on you.

      • JN says:

        Don’t go see it, Bill.

      • Ken says:

        At least you admit that this is a movie produced by rich left-wingers, explicitly for propaganda purposes. FYI, decadent, ultra-leftwing Hollywood isn’t “the culture”. It’s a small, and dying, part of our culture.

  5. Bill Williams says:

    None of these leftist linereaders are fit to shine Dick Cheney’s shoes and democRats aren’t intelligent enough to follow his successful life story.

    Guaranteed bomb.

    • Steve says:

      Making predictions based on ideology instead of evidence is generally not a good idea.

      • JN says:

        Careful, Ken; people who hate Hollywood “lefties” who read Variety are at risk of growing tumors. Perhaps you’d be happier applying your high-powered intellect to things that make you happier. Life’s too short….

      • Ken says:

        The evidence of ultra-leftwing Hollywood, and the stupidity of them, is everywhere. It takes an ideologue to aggressively ignore the overwhelming evidence of it.

  6. Minu Ramsey says:

    My prediction… it will tank! If these actors want to keep their careers without a laughable rating they should give up while the going is good.

  7. cc says:

    “After diving into the economic crisis of 2008, “The Big Short’s” Adam McKay is taking aim at one of Washington’s most polarizing figures.”
    No, you have a typo.
    “After diving into the economic crisis of 2008, “The Big Short’s” Adam McKay is taking aim at one of HOLLYWOOD’s most polarizing figures.”

  8. John A. Miller says:

    With all the things going on with Hillary, Obama, Weiner, Susan Rice and other dems Hollywood could be making movies about up to date reliant topics but they would never attack their own so they go after a man who has been out of the spotlight for almost 9 years.

  9. Government Mule says:

    Leftist Hollywood, like a perverted flasher, can’t resist exposing its disgusting, immoral privates to the public at large.
    This is another flop-in-the-making.

  10. dammitt says:

    From what I’ve read about him, he already has the Dick part down pat.

  11. Rick Charles says:

    Haven’t gone to see a movie in years. Good to see my position is better than ever.

  12. Paul Georgen says:

    Wait.. I thought Cheney was bald?? hilarious … (there are no bald actors in Hollywood to play the part?) Oh that’s right, they discriminate down there…. white bald guys are either villians or aliens… not the leading man.

  13. Retrocon says:

    Is it going to be fair, or a hit piece? Chaney is actually a very decent person and patriot, agree with his politics or not. If it’s a hit piece, expect a flop out of the gate.

  14. Who in f— wants to see a movie about Dick Cheney? Regardless of politics who the f— would pay to see that?

  15. Patrick says:

    Didn’t he already portray Cheney in American Psyco?

  16. James Cygnus says:

    How many liberals are going to pay to see a movie about Cheney, no matter how one sided and insulting it is? Because I guarantee no conservatives would throw money at it.

  17. Dick Cheney doesn’t throw temper tantrums like Bale does.

  18. taptap77 says:

    Don’t these propagandists ever give up?

  19. hashlars says:

    if only oliver stone is the director

  20. sari says:

    While homosexual Democrat Barney Frank gets caught with a young male intern inside his condo in Boston – then goes on to partner with Democrat Chris Dodd to cause the horrid sub-prime mortgage disaster. Chris Dodd is now president (lol) of the MPAA while Hillary Clintons top aide Huma is the wife of pervert Anthony Weiner who was caught texting pictures of his d*ck to unsuspecting females. Thats a movie! Bill Clinton is part deux.

  21. DougW says:

    Christian and Amy recently played a couple in “American Hustle.”

  22. First Last says:

    Really? Who gives a fat rat’s a**?

  23. Prospector says:

    Wow. A real blockbuster, eh?

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