Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic now titled Vice
Originally titled Backseat, the upcoming Dick Cheney biopic is now called Vice, Adam McKay recently confirmed on his Twitter account. The filmmaker also noted that after “a few more little fixes” the project will be ready for its December release.
The project reunites award-winning director and co-writer Adam McKay with The Big Short stars Christian Bale and Steve Carell, as well as Talladega Nights‘ Amy Adams. Bale will be headlining as former Vice President Dick Cheney, with Adams as his wife Lynne Cheney, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, Carell as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Tyler Perry as Colin Powell, and Bill Pullman as former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller.
Cheney is regarded as one of the most powerful and influential U.S. Vice Presidents in history, having served under (and, as many regard, OVER) George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. The former Halliburton chairman/CEO — who also served in the Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush administrations — was a hawkish proponent of the War on Terror and the Iraq War, and eventually left office with a 13% approval rating. He was previously portrayed by Richard Dreyfuss in Oliver Stone’s 2008 film W.
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Plan B will produce Cheney with McKay and his Gary Sanchez partners, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick. McKay began development on the Cheney movie shortly after winning his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Big Short last year. McKay has reportedly spent “countless hours” researching the former VP for the Dick Cheney biopic.
Vice will hit theaters on December 21, 2018.
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