'Vice' Trailer: Christian Bale's Dick Cheney Takes Charge

The film marks writer-director Adam McKay's follow-up to 'The Big Short.'

Annapurna Pictures has released the first official trailer for its upcoming Dick Cheney biopic, Vice, starring Christian Bale as George W. Bush's second in command.

The film, written, directed and produced by Adam McKay, who won the best adapted screenplay Oscar for The Big Short, is set to hit theaters Christmas Day.

Bale, who famously loses and gains weight for roles, is unrecognizable in the first official look at his transformation into Cheney.

The preview begins with Sam Rockwell's George W. Bush meeting with Bale's Cheney as the two discuss the possibility of Cheney being Bush's vice president.

During their discussion, clips are shown of Cheney interacting with other officials on the international stage.

Initially Cheney is reluctant to accept Bush's offer: "George, I'm a CEO of a large company. I have been secretary of defense and I have been White House chief of staff. The vice presidency is a mostly symbolic job."

But he's willing to take over various, significant duties, which he calls "more mundane jobs."

"However, if we came to a different understanding," Cheney suggests. "I can handle the more mundane jobs: overseeing bureaucracy, military, energy and foreign policy."

Bush is intrigued and the two strike a deal.

In their third film together after The Fighter and American Hustle, Amy Adams joins Bale as Lynne Cheney.

The cast also includes Bale's fellow Big Short co-star Steve Carell as well as Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, Justin Kirk, LisaGay Hamilton, Shea Whigham and Eddie Marsan. 

Vice, from Annapurna, Gary Sanchez Productions and Plan B, counts Megan Ellison, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick among its producers.

Watch the full trailer above.