OCT 4, 2018: Christian Bale’s drastic transformation into Dick Cheney takes center stage in the first trailer for ‘Vice’, directed by Adam McKay, released on Wednesday.
The film is due in US cinemas on Christmas Day and in the UK on 1 February.
In a tweet, McKay described the film as “a snapshot into Dick Cheney’s wild, quiet and shadowy power” and somewhat a visual sequel to The Atlantic’s August 2011 article Remembering Why Americans Loathe Dick Cheney.
For the film, Christian Bale had to gain 40lbs (as well as a bald cap) to play the part of George W Bush’s controversial vice-president. The film charts Cheney’s rise through the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George HW Bush, before apparently brokering a deal with Bush Jr to heighten the powers of the VP.
The biopic, directed by “The Big Short’s” Adam McKay, chronicles Cheney’s life as the former vice president under President George W. Bush. Starting with his beginnings as a Washington bureaucrat, the film explores Cheney’s service under the Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George H. W. Bush administrations and as the CEO of energy management company Halliburton.
“Vice” tells the story of how Cheney “became the most powerful man in the world” and reshaped “the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today,” according to a description from the studio cited by CNN.