Christian Bale in talks to play Dick Cheney for director Adam McKay

Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Amy Adams are in early talks to star in the 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. He is also the former CEO of the multination corporation Halliburton.

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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 partners, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick. Plan B is also producing.

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