Oscar watch: Christian Bale and Amy Adams to play Dick and Lynn Cheney in Adam McKay biopic

Last year, director Adam McKay won an Oscar for scripting “The Big Short,” his deft satire about the 2008 economic meltdown. Now comes word that his next film will profile one of the leading players in that crisis, Vice President Dick Cheney. Oscar winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”), who reaped a supporting actor bid for “The Big Short,” is in talks to play the politico. And Amy Adams, who earned one of her five Oscar nominations for “The Fighter,” is said to be looking at portraying his wife Lynn.

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Also said to be circling the project is McKay’s pal Steve Carell for the role of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield. Carell and McKay first teamed up for the farce “Anchorman” back in 2004 and reunited for the sequel in 2013 before getting semi-serious with “The Big Short.”

That film was produced by Brad Pitt‘s Plan B who are behind this one too along with McKay’s own company, Gary Sanchez Productions. Among the power players at the former are Oscar-winning producers DeDe Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner (“12 Years a Slave,” “Moonlight”) while McKay’s team includes funnyman Will Ferrell.

Playing real-life people is a sure-fire way to reap an Oscar nomination. While Bale would be looking for a bookend to his 2010 win, Adams has yet to prevail despite five nominations. Likewise for Carell, the one-time star of TV’s “The Office,” who earned his first Oscar nomination two years for his change-of-pace role as real-life murderer John E. du Pont in “Foxcatcher.”

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