Sometimes there is nothing more dramatic, nor comedic, than the wide world of politics. That’s why Adam McKay’s newest film “Vice” can be perfectly classified as both a drama and a comedy, and it’s no wonder looking at the politician it’s based on.
McKay got the green light to get started in the making of a biographical film about former Vice President Dick Cheney back in 2016. The director of the award-winning movie “The Big Short” and the blockbuster comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” McKay definitely has good experience in all genres, which will come in handy for his newest film. “Vice” will follow the life of Cheney from a young age to his time as reputedly the most powerful vice president in American history. Here’s the official synopsis:
VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
Christian Bale will star as Dick Cheney, joining McKay once again as his lead. The duo went right to the Oscars in ‘Big Short,’ the movie adaption of Michael Lewis’ novel of the same name. It was, incidentally, the first movie McKay directed that didn’t star Will Ferrell (“Step Brothers,” “Saturday Night Live”), and though “Vice” will be the same, Ferrell will be working as a producer instead along with Brad Pitt (“Fight Club,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”).
Steve Carell will also be coming over from ‘Big Short’ to star as political figure Donald Rumsfeld; it’ll be a reunion of stars for “”Vice.” Also joining the cast will be Amy Adams (“American Hustle,” “Enchanted”) as Lynne Cheney, Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell (“Iron Man 2,” “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri”) as George W. Bush, Bill Pullman, Alison Pill, Jesse Plemons, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, Justin Kirk, Lisagay Hamilton, Shea Whigham and Eddie Marsan. It’s amazing that such an Oscar-bait film with a stellar cast could fly under the radar for so long without us even getting promo pics. Hopefully, McKay will live up to the hype and bring home the gold.
“Vice” will debut in theaters nationwide Christmas Day via Annapurna Pictures, and if we’re all lucky, the movie will pop up early at AFI in late November.