Well, this could be perfect casting and is very alright with us. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the cast of Adam McKay’s upcoming Dick Cheney biopic, Cheney (or Backseat, according to IMDb), has seen its cast swell again with the news that Sam Rockwell (Moon) is set to play George W. Bush in the film.

The biopic, based on the hugely controversial businessman and former Vice President who was part Bush’s administration between 2001 to 2009, has been in the works for a little while now but is finally gearing up for production ahead of a release next year. After making his name on Saturday Night Live, McKay went on to make such modern comedy classics such as Step Brothers, Anchorman and its sequel and Talladega Nights. In 2016, he won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his work on the critically acclaimed The Big Short, which starred Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt

For Cheney, he re-teams with both Bale and Carell, with the Batman star taking on the lead role (he has already begun his transformation by gaining some weight) while Carell will play Donald Rumsfeld. Also part of the cast is Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams (Arrival, Nocturnal Animals) who is playing Cheney’s wife Lynne while Bill Pullman (Battle of the Sexes, Independence Day) is playing Nelson Rockefeller.

With McKay in the director’s seat, the producing team is also of high calibre: Brad Pitt and his Plan B production company are behind the film, as well as McKay’s producer partner Will Ferrell (who famously played Bush on SNL and in his special stand-up show) and Megan Ellison for Annapurna Pictures.

Production on Cheney set to start this Fall with a release date yet to be confirmed but its a fair shout that this has awards season 2018 written all over it. We are excited already.

  • Leila Benhamida

    Will be interesting to watch. Great choice.