It is safe to say that, for a generation of cinephiles, the definitive portrayal of the forty-third president of the United States, George W. Bush, is always going to be Josh Brolin’s turn as the commander-in-chief from Oliver Stone’s 2008 biopic, W. That being said, you cannot always call on Brolin to play Bush in other films, so Sam Rockwell, the star of such films as The Way Way Back, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Iron Man 2, will have to take his best shot at Bush in an upcoming film that is actually centered around Bush’s vice president, Dick Cheney.
That’s right, Cheney is getting a biopic from none other than Adam McKay, the director of The Big Short and the man behind many of the great comedies from the 2000s, including Anchorman and Talladega Nights. It could be presumed that because of McKay’s involvement in the Will Ferrell-led comedies that he might have considered using the SNL star’s iconic Bush impression, but ultimately he went with Rockwell.
The Cheney film also stars Amy Adams as Lynne, Cheney’s wife, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, and Christian Bale as Cheney himself. Consider it the spiritual successor to W.!
Recently, new images have surfaced of Bale, the star of films like Batman Begins, American Hustle, and The Prestige, looking almost unrecognizable as he prepares a near complete makeover for his turn as the former vice president of the United States, who proved to be a controversial figure both inside the Oval Office and outside of it. Known for fluctuating his weight to look the part, Bale is certainly going to go all in with this role. Cheney will definitely not look anything like the Caped Crusader from Nolan’s Batman trilogy.