With Adam McKay directing a biopic about former Vice-President Dick Cheney, you would half expect his long-time collaborator and Gary Sanchez Productions partner Will Ferrell to take the role of President George W. Bush. With actor Sam Rockwell now in negotiations to play that role, it’s obvious McKay is going in a different direction from the comedic one taken when Ferrell was a player on Saturday Night Live.
Christian Bale will be playing the title role in CHENEY, which is being produced by Annapurna Pictures with Steve Carell (another long-time McKay player) as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney and Bill Pullman already cast.
Rockwell’s portrayal of President George W. Bush will follow previous actors that played the role, including Josh Brolin in Oliver Stone’s W.
The film is co-produced by McKay with Gary Sanchez Productions’ Ferrell and Kevin Messick along with Brad Pitt and Dede Garner of Plan B. label, reuniting after McKay’s Oscar Best Picture nominee The Big Short. McKay hopes to start filming next month.
Represented by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment, Rockwell will next be seen in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, written and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) and co-starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson. That will premiere at the Venice Film Festival and the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, along with the Jessica Chastain Western Woman Walks Ahead in which Rockwell co-stars. He is also currently filming The Best of Enemies with Taraji P. Henson.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported this news.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor