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(CBS Local)– Actor Christian Bale has played everything from an investment banker in “American Psycho” to a hero in “Batman Begins.” But his next featured role will be starring as former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Oscar-winning actor’s transformation is said to be the most haunted to date. “Vice” is slated to hit theaters this Christmas. Oscar-winning filmmaker Adam McKay is behind this production and stated ‘the second I thought of doing this movie, I knew right away, the most exciting person to play him [Cheney] is Christian.’

Last year, Director McKay mentioned the power of Cheney’s leadership in shaping American history and bigger effect on global events.

Vanity Fair said that Vice‘s story-line is crucially relevant to the current political climate and described Cheney as “an ultimate insider who knew every trick in the book.”