No, really: Christian Bale is in ‘early talks’ to play Dick Cheney in a bio-pic

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Adam McKay is a director best known for doing comedies like Step-Brothers and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. But since he’s a white guy in Hollywood, he was given the chance to shift over to more awards-baity dramatic stuff, like directing The Big Short. Well, his next project is a bio-pic. A bio-pic about Dick Cheney. And guess who will likely be cast as Dick Cheney?? CHRISTIAN BALE.

Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Amy Adams are in early talks to star in the untitled Dick Cheney biopic being prepped by Adam McKay. The Paramount project is McKay’s follow-up to The Big Short, his Oscar-nominated movie about the economic and housing market collapse in the mid-2000s, and tackles the controversial figure who acted as vice president under President George W. Bush.

Bale is in talks to portray Cheney, who was an ardent supporter of strong anti-terrorist actions and a key supporter of the Iraq War. Cheney also is the former CEO of the multinational corporation Halliburton. Carell is circling the role of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Adams would play Cheney’s wife, Lynne Cheney. Both Bale and Carell starred in Big Short.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

Is this bio-pic about Dick Cheney when he was younger? Like, Dick Cheney worked in the government for a long time. He was Gerald Ford’s chief of staff in the White House. Cheney was in the House for years too. If the story is about Cheney in his 30s and 40s, I say that while Bale is an unconventional choice, I can sort of see it. But if the story is about Cheney in the Dubya years… no. No, no, no. Talk about Hollywood ageism. Good-looking dudes in their 30s and 40s don’t HAVE to play all of the parts, you know. Someone please think of poor Paul Giamatti, because Dick Cheney was the role he was born to play!!

As for Steve Carell as Rumsfeld… I actually think that one makes some kind of crazy sense. Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney makes zero sense. Lynne Cheney exists in the zeitgeist as a blousy, too-blonde 60-something. That’s a role for someone like Jessica Lange or Virginia Madsen. What’s next, casting Ryan Gosling as George W. Bush? And Megan Fox could play Laura Bush.

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  1. adastraperaspera says:

    I hope the script includes the part where Cheney, Bush and Rumsfeld are at their war crimes trial in orange jumpsuits and cry as they are sentenced. Also the solitary confinement prison scenes would be nice to see.

  2. Oliphant says:

    Don’t really have any feelings on this, just came to say that pic of Christian with his arm around Ryan gosling’s shoulder? I WANNA BE THE HAM IN THAT SANDWICH

  3. Mia4s says:

    My understanding is the movie will start when he was younger. Still though!!

    Eh, it’s Bale. He’ll probably do great and get an Oscar nomination.

  4. Megan says:

    Who wants to see a movie about Dick Cheney? If I need a Darth Vader fix, I’ll go see Star Wars.

  5. Tulip Garden says:

    Bale, mmmmm-mmmmmmm good, that is all!

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Yeah, too bad a Christian Bale (and my girl Amy!) post has to include that ghoul Cheney.

  6. Giddy says:

    Dick Cheney has cheated death so many times with his health issues. Jon Stewart said that he was kept alive on an IV of angel blood and panda tears. Anyone with less money and access would have died long ago.

  7. jinni says:

    I guess we are in for another round of “lose weight; gain weight for the Oscar bait” role starting method actor aficionado Bale. Honestly at this point it just comes off gimmicky.

    And who really wants to see a movie on Cheney? Who’s clamoring for that?

  8. Syvlia says:

    Bale has been attached to this movie for years. It’s supposed to span multiple decades so makeup is super important and Bale apparently dropped out because he wasn’t convinced by the makeup tests. He’s just back on now.

  9. ZGB says:

    Lmao! perfect!!

  10. Lucy2 says:

    Love Bale, Adams, and Carell (esp. Bale and Adams together) but I don’t know if I could stomach a movie about Cheney.