Yes, that’s Christian Bale. Yes — that Christian Bale. If you need to take a moment after watching this trailer, you are not alone — Bale is totally unrecognizable in his role as former Vice President Dick Cheney. He reportedly gained 40 pounds and bleached his eyebrows for the role, but he’s not the only big name taking on real-life characters. The film also stars Amy Adams, Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, Justin Kirk, LisaGay Hamilton, Shea Whigham, and Eddie Marsan.

Bale has committed to transforming for his roles before, but this feels like a whole new level of dedication. “Apparently, he wanted his neck to be thicker for Cheney, so he’s doing neck exercises to thicken [it],” Carrell said. Many are fascinated to see his take on the Cheney — and to see the story of this unusually powerful Vice President brought to life. To get a taste, you can see the whole trailer here:

Brought to you by the minds behind “The Big Short”, it’s no surprise that “Vice” looks poised to be a smash hit, with its star-studded cast and rich, real-life inspiration. But you have to wait to catch it in cinemas — it will be released this Christmas Day.