Adam McKay is directing the Paramount project.

By Oliver Gettell
April 05, 2017 at 10:14 PM EDT
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Christian Bale could be making the leap to veep. The Dark Knight and American Hustle star is in talks to portray former Vice President Dick Cheney in an untitled biopic from director Adam McKay, EW has confirmed.

Also in talks for the Paramount project are Steve Carell, who would play former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and Amy Adams, who would play Cheney’s wife, Lynne (née Vincent).

Written by McKay, the Cheney biopic marks his follow-up to The Big Short, another film that mined recent history for material (namely, the 2008 financial crisis) and starred Bale and Carell.

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Cheney, one of the most polarizing figures in modern American politics, served as vice president under George W. Bush between 2001 and 2009. He wielded unprecedented power for a VP and was an architect of the war on terror and the Iraq war. Prior to his vice presidency, he served in the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush, and as the CEO of Halliburton.

McKay previously said he was “astounded at how much [Cheney] had shaped modern America’s place in the world and how shocking the methods were by which he gained his power.”

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