Sam Rockwell Is Playing George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Movie
The cast for Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic, before called Backseat, now apparently retitled to simply Cheney, is getting more insane by the day. Christian Bale will be playing the subject, with Steve Carell, Amy Adams and Bill Pullman supporting. Today, Sam Rockwell joined the picture as none other than George W. Bush.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rockwell is in final talks to portray the former president during the years he held office, allowing his VP Cheney to exercise his power during the beginning of the war on terror. As THR puts it, the film “chronicles Cheney avoiding military service in the Vietnam War, his rise to CEO of the multinational corporation Halliburton and finally becoming what some have called the most powerful U.S. vice president ever to hold office.”
Carell will be playing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, while Adams is Cheney’s wife, Lynne, and Pullman will be Gerald Ford’s vice president Nelson Rockefeller, Cheney’s number one frenemy. They’re aiming to start production on the film next month. If you’re just dying to see Rockwell onscreen, you can find him portraying a police officer in Martin McDonagh’s comedic thriller Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which premiers at the Venice Film Festival.