Vice (2018 film)

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Vice film poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Adam McKay
Produced by
Written by Adam McKay
Music by Nicholas Britell
Cinematography Greig Fraser
Edited by Hank Corwin
Distributed by Annapurna Pictures
Release date
  • December 25, 2018 (2018-12-25) (United States)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million[1][2]

Vice is an upcoming American biographical comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam McKay. The film stars Christian Bale as Dick Cheney,[3] with Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Alison Pill and Jesse Plemons in supporting roles. The plot follows Cheney in his political rise to become the most powerful Vice President in America's history.[4][5]

The film was announced in November 2016, with McKay set to write and direct. Bale signed on to play Cheney in April 2017, and much of the cast joined throughout the rest of the year. Principal photography began in September 2017. Vice is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 25, 2018, by Annapurna Pictures.[6]



On November 22, 2016, it was announced that Paramount Pictures had come on board to handle the rights to a drama about Dick Cheney, who moved from Halliburton chief executive to become reputedly the most powerful Vice President in American history, and the screenplay was to be written by Adam McKay, who would also direct.[9] The film would be produced by Plan B producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner with McKay and his Gary Sanchez partners, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick.[9] Bale signed on to play Cheney in April 2017, and gained 40 pounds for the role.[10][11] On August 22, Bill Pullman was cast as Nelson Rockefeller, and a title of Backseat was announced.[12] On August 31, Sam Rockwell was cast as George W. Bush[13] while Stefania LaVie Owen was also cast in an undisclosed role.[14] In September 2017, Adam Bartley joined the cast.[15]

Principal production commenced in late September 2017.[16] Tyler Perry and Lily Rabe joined the film in October as Colin Powell and Liz Cheney respectively.[17][18]


The film is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2018.[19][6] It was previously scheduled to be released on December 14, 2018.[20]

The official trailer was released on October 3, 2018.[6]


  1. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (October 10, 2018). "The Reasons Behind Annapurna's Tumultuous Week". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "Annapurna Upheaval: Megan Ellison Is 'Reevaluating' Film Division Amid Money Woes". TheWrap. October 10, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Christian Bale cast as Dick Cheney in biopic". April 12, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Dick Cheney Biopic: George W. Bush Actor & More Revealed". Screen Rant. August 18, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Patten, Dominic (August 22, 2017). "Bill Pullman joins Adam McKay's Dick Cheney movie as a veep himself". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Sippell, Margeaux (2018-10-03). "Christian Bale Transforms Into Dick Cheney in 'Vice' First Trailer (Watch)". Variety. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  7. ^ Adam McKay Teases Dick Cheney Project ‘Vice’ With Pre-Trailer Peek Showing Christian Bale’s Transformation
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (March 15, 2018). "'Kidding': Justin Kirk Set To Recur On Jim Carrey's Showtime Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (November 22, 2016). "Adam McKay To Direct Dick Cheney Movie At Paramount". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
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  12. ^ Patten, Dominic (August 22, 2017). "Bill Pullman Joins Adam McKay's Dick Cheney Movie As A Veep Himself". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (August 31, 2017). "Sam Rockwell to Play George W. Bush in Adam McKay's Dick Cheney Biopic (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  14. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (August 31, 2017). "Dick Cheney Biopic Casts Stefania LaVie Owen; Robert Knepper, Armin Amiri Join '1st Born'; Tom Choi In 'Truth Or Dare'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  15. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 19, 2017). "Adam Bartley Joins Adam McKay's Dick Cheney Film; Elaine Hendrix Cast In 'Burying Yasmeen' Indie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  16. ^ McNary, Dave (August 31, 2017). "Sam Rockwell in Talks to Play George W. Bush in Adam McKay's 'Cheney'". Variety. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  17. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (October 10, 2017). "Tyler Perry To Play Colin Powell In Adam McKay's Dick Cheney Pic". Deadline.
  18. ^ Busch, Anita (October 12, 2017). "Lily Rabe Will Portray Liz Cheney In Annapurna Feature About Dick Cheney". Deadline.
  19. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 28, 2018). "Adam McKay's Dick Cheney Project Now Titled 'Vice'; Will Go Wide On Christmas Day". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  20. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 9, 2018). "Annapurna Dates Films By Adam McKay, Babak Anvari & Sundance Acquisition 'Sorry To Bother You'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 9, 2018.

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