Adam McKay surprisingly made the jump from director of funny comedies about grown up man children, to funny comedies about grown up man children who were in charge of all our money look pretty seamless. The Big Short proved that financial tragedies could also be humorous, sort of. Hmm, what else is funny? Did you say controversial politicians? Then prepare to marvel at McKay’s next project.
McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic has been in the works for a while despite little fanfare, but it just added three huge names to its cast. Big Short co-stars Christian Bale and Steve Carell are in talks to join the film, alongside the recently Oscar nominated Amy Adams.
Bale will portray Cheney, Adams will play his wife, Lynn, while Carell will play former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Of course, these roles come with a side of make-up, in case you’re wondering how in the hell Bale looks like Cheney in the slightest. He has a reputation for these sort of body transformations, of course.
Despite McKay’s background there’s no guarantee this will share the tone of his previous films, but it’ll certainly be interesting to see what he can do with another real life story following the success of The Big Short. We’ve had enough by-the-numbers biopics, so with a McKay behind the camera this could be a fresh spin on a controversial figure.
The film is currently untitled, but is hoping to swiftly begin production this spring in the hope of a late 2017, award-pushing release. With the new announced stars, this just shot up towards the top of everyone’s most excited for lists.