While it had been rumored for a week or two, this still comes as a bit of a surprise.
Christian Bale, best known for starring in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy of Batman films, will play former Vice President Dick Cheney in an upcoming biopic. Adam McKay, of “Anchorman” and “The Big Short” fame, wrote the screenplay and will direct. The Associated Press broke the story. Amy Adams will play his wife, Lynne Cheney, while Steve Carell will portray Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Both Bale and Carrell had worked with McKay on “The Big Short.”
“In the same way as it was a journey of discovery with ‘The Big Short,’ Adam was able to take a story that most people would go comatose listening to,” said Bale. “His ability to make it startling and entertaining and intelligent without compromising anything — he’s masterful at doing that.”
No word yet just exactly why the decision was made to go with relatively youthful actors who will need prosthetics to play the leads. But the lengths Bale will go to play Cheney should be interesting to follow since he’s a notoriously dedicated method actor. Most famously, he ranted at a crew member while using his “John Connor” accent during the filming of “Terminator Salvation” and lost a dangerous amount of weight to look deathly ill for his role in “The Machinist.”
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