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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #37. Adam McKay’s Backseat


I’m getting ready to hate this film …. but for all the right reasons. One of the more costly film productions on our list, once Adam McKay ended the five film streak with Will Ferrell (at least in an acting role) with The Big Short, we got to see the comedy writer in a whole new light. Traction on the untitled Dick Cheney project began late in 2016, and as we saw Christian Bale physically balloon in public life, a flurry of casting announcements prior to the September start date makes Backseat more than a curiosity item.

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Christian Bale stars as the 46th Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney. This also lines up Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, Alison Pill as Mary Cheney, Lily Rabe as Liz Cheney, LisaGay Hamilton as Condoleezza Rice, Tyler Perry as Colin Powell, Shea Whigham as Wayne Vincent, father to Lynne Cheney, and finally Kirk Bovill as Henry Kissinger. Worth mentioning there are flashbacks to Dick and Lynne Cheney as yesteryear.

Release Date/Prediction: Annapurna Pictures (new to the distribution game) haven’t dated the pic yet, but they’ll look to launch this at a major film festival and attempt an awards campaign long game. It could land in Cannes, but a more timely launch might be as a NYFF centerpiece.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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