We first heard about The Big Short in January 2015, when it was announced that Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling would star in the big-screen version of Michael Lewis’ book about events that led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010. Steve Carell later joined the cast.
The movie was released late in the year to critical acclaim and earned four Academy Award nominations, including Bale as Best Supporting Actor and Adam McKay as Best Director. McKay and Charles Randolph won the Oscar for best-adapted screenplay.
Can lightning strike twice? Adam McKay has now written a script about former Vice President Dick Cheney, and Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Amy Adams are all in talks to star, according to Variety.
If things work out, Bale and Adams would portray Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne Cheney, respectively, and Carell would play Donald Rumsfeld. Dick Cheney served in the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush before becoming vice president and reportedly wielded considerable power, especially as regards the war on terrorism.
As second lady, Lynne Cheney wrote five books about American history for children; she was also known for speaking out against violent and sexually explicit content in popular music and video games. Donald Rumsfeld also served under Nixon, Ford and George H.W. Bush. He was appointed secretary of Defense under George W. Bush and became an often-controversial figure for his antiterrorism policies.
Both Bale and Carell notably changed their appearances to fit their characters in The Big Short, something that Bale has become known for over the years. Both would again need to change their appearances for this movie. Cheney, for example, was about 60 years old when he became vice president, a stocky, bespectacled, balding man. Bale played a somewhat similar-looking character (except for the hair) in American Hustle, where he was also teamed with Amy Adams.
Brad Pitt is one of the producers for the project, which has not yet been titled. The hope is to start production this spring and then aim for theatrical release during awards season in the fall.