Dick Cheney would end up as one of the most polarizing and divisive figures of the 21st Century by 2008. The former US vice president served two terms alongside his fellow Republican George W. Bush, with many crediting him for the highly costly Iraq War waged in 2003.
Now Adam McKay and Paramount Pictures are looking at creating a biographical motion picture based on his life. The director helmed the highly successful drama/black comedy The Big Short. A film that chronicled the start and fallout of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. And now the filmmaker wants to reunite his co-stars from that movie Christian Bale and Steve Carell with Amy Adams for the yet-to-be-titled film.
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Speaking with Deadline this week, 48-year old McKay revealed that the most powerful and influential individual to ever hold the position of vice president is prime picking for a movie.
"I’ve always found Cheney fascinating," he remarked. "Questions of what drove him, what his beliefs were; but once we started digging I was astounded at how much he had shaped modern America’s place in the world and how shocking the methods were by which he gained his power."
Bale has been identified as the candidate to become Cheney, requiring a transformation that would be as stunning for its physical feat as it would be as a persona. The Englishman has pushed the boundaries before to become a shadow of himself with 2004's The Machinist and The Fighter. All before putting on a lot of weight for The Big Short.
Carell would need to do likewise having been identified to take on former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The comedic actor ventured into new territory for the 2014 drama Foxcatcher while Arrival star Amy Adams is said to play Cheney's wife Lynne.
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Judging from the director's past work, there is every chance this title won't be a straight down the line exploration of the life and times of Cheney. McKay's history has been dominated by the comedy scene, most particularly in the company of Will Ferrell.
Joining forces for the first time for the 2004 classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the pair would go at it again with Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers and the 2010 hit The Other Guys. Perhaps Ferrell will be asked to come back and take on the part of George W. Bush, a parody that the actor has perfected in the past.