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Hey, remember those photos of Christian Bale's latest physical transformation -- the ones that became dad bod memes? That's for his role as former Vice President Dick Cheney in the upcoming Adam McKay film.

That film -- formerly "Untitled Dick Cheney Project" -- is now officially called "Vice."

The movie will open in theaters on Christmas Day this year. If you're thinking Oscars, you're probably right.

The first trailer is coming this Wednesday, October 3, giving us the first official look at the star-studded cast in action.

That cast includes Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, marking a reunion with Bale after "The Fighter" and "American Hustle." The film also marks a reunion for Bale and his "The Big Short" director McKay.

"Vice" also stars Steve Carell (another "Big Short" alum), Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, Justin Kirk, Lisagay Hamilton, Shea Whigham, and Eddie Marsan.

Here's the synopsis:

"VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today."

As a sidenote, this story has nothing to do with Batman other than Christian Bale. But 1) we needed a photo, and 2) we miss Bale as Batman. Considering the reports about Ben Affleck leaving, it's not too late to make that $100 million rumor true...

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