Sometimes the real world can be just as interesting as the one illustrated in the comics. That is even more true in the world of politics, which have seen as many heroes and super-villains as those found in the Marvel or DC universes recently. With that in mind, director Adam McKay (The Big Short), will be at the helm of an upcoming Dick Cheney biopic that is sure to move the needle.
The upcoming film is produced by Annapurna Pictures and Plan B, after Paramount passed on the project. McKay has already lined up Christian Bale (The Dark Knight trilogy) in the starring role along with Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher) as Donald Rumsfeld. The rest of the supporting cast is being constructed as you read this and we have the latest on the upcoming feature.
Every presidential cabinet is full of equally memorable and deplorable characters and the George W. Bush era was no exception. Currently being pursued for the role of George W. himself, is Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk) along with James Marsden, the latter of which may even have an offer at this point. Bush has already been the subject of his own biopic, W, that was directed by Oliver Stone, so it should be interesting to gain insight into his presidency from a new perspective.
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McKay is also pursuing some top notch talent to portray Cheney’s immediate family. It’s already been reported and it’s accurate that Amy Adams is indeed circling the role of Lynne Cheney, Dick’s wife who served as the second lady for two terms. This also is notable because it would be the first on-screen reunion between Bale and Adams since 2013’s American Hustle. While Mackenzie Davis (The Martian) is one of the top contenders to play Dick’s daughter Mary.
Another huge figure of the era was Colin Powell. They have currently targeted Tyler Perry (Gone Girl), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), and Cuba Gooding Jr. (American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson) for the role of Powell, the former four-star general who served as Bush’s Secretary of State. There didn’t seem to be many angels in that administration, however Powell was largely looked at as one of the few with strong moral convictions.
Cheney, who worked closely with President George Bush Sr. was widely seen as a shadow president, crafting much of the policy and machinations coming out of the White House. The era was scarred with controversy and tragedy, including the 9/11 attack, Hurricane Katrina, and a war that was created to recover weapons of mass destruction from Iraq…that didn’t exist. So there should be no shortage of political drama to mine.
McKay has made a dramatic transition in his career going from Will Ferrell buddy films to Academy Award nominations with 2015’s The Big Short. His sensibilities should be a great fit for the material, that should be a balance of historical fact, dramatic recreations, and nonsensical humor, that could put the movie in the limelight come award time.