In The Big Short, Adam McKay chronicled the Wall Street misfits who predicted the 2008 financial collapse. With his next film, he’s jumping to the other side of the fence to tell the stories of the men in power who oversaw that crisis. Though still untitled, McKay’s film will focus on former Vice President Dick Cheney, a primary engineer of the Iraq invasion who also infamously shot his friend in the face while hunting once. Christian Bale is currently in talks for the lead role, while erstwhile The Big Short costar Steve Carell has emerged as a contender for Cheney’s most important partner on the Iraq War, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. So far, though, no one has been mentioned for another important role: Cheney’s one-time boss, President George W. Bush.
In the absence of any news about casting Bush, EW has taken it upon ourselves to make some suggestions. Comedians seem like a good fit, given McKay’s experience in the genre and also the demands of playing a president who often misspoke to a comical degree. It would hard to play Bush entirely with a straight face — just ask Josh Brolin, who wore a bemused smirk for most of Oliver Stone’s W.
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