Annapurna Pictures dropped its first trailer for the movie Vice on Wednesday and gave fans a sneak peek of Christian Bale‘s portrayal of Dick Cheney. Bale, known for his shocking physical transformations like extreme weight loss for The Machinist or hefty weight gain in American Hustle is up to it again. Vice, originally called Backseat, is writer-director Adam McKay‘s follow up to the Oscar-winning film The Big Short.

Vice tracks Cheney’s rise into one of the most powerful vice presidents in American history. Amy Adams stars opposite Bale as Lynne Cheney, with Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush.

While McKay is more well known as the comedy director behind Will Ferrell movies like Anchorman and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, he worked with Carell and Bale for The Big Short, earning Bale an Oscar nod.

The trailer opens with Bush asking Cheney to serve as his vice president.

“I want you. You’re my vice,” Rockwell’s character says.

At first, Bale’s Cheney is hesitant to accept the role but then agrees under a few conditions.

“The vice presidency is a mostly symbolic job,” he says. “However, if we came to a different understanding, I can handle the more mundane jobs: overseeing bureaucracy, military, energy and foreign policy.”


Vice will appear in theaters December 25.

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