Steve Carell and Amy Adams are also in talks to join the Cheney biopic.
Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Amy Adams are in early talks to star in the untitled Dick Cheney biopic being prepped by Adam McKay.
The Paramount project is McKay’s follow-up to The Big Short, his Oscar-nominated movie about the economic and housing market collapse in the mid-2000s, and tackles the controversial figure who acted as vice president under President George W. Bush.
Bale is in talks to portray Cheney, who was an ardent supporter of strong anti-terrorist actions and a key supporter of the Iraq War. Cheney also is the former CEO of the multinational corporation Halliburton.
Carell is circling the role of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Adams would play Cheney’s wife, Lynne Cheney.
Both Bale and Carell starred in Big Short.
McKay is producing with his Gary Sanchez Productions partners Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick. Plan B is also producing.
Bale stars in The Promise, the Armenian genocide drama that opens later this month and is his first movie since Big Short.
Carell is currently shooting the drama Beautiful Boy for Amazon Studios, while Adams is coming off of a busy 2016 in which she starred in Arrival and Nocturnal Animals and appeared in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.