Christian Bale Eying ‘Oldboy’, ‘Noah’, ‘A Star Is Born’, & More

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 16th, 2013 at 6:05 am,

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Pretty much everybody wants Christian Bale to star in their movie – and once the Oscar-winner completes his work on The Dark Knight Rises, he will actually select his next role.

Just last week, there was word about Bale re-teaming with director Terrence Malick on his next film. That may still be the case, but the actor is reportedly eying some five additional projects.

According to the report from Variety, the one project that Bale was formerly attached to, but is no longer involved with, is The Last Photograph. It’s possible though that Sean Penn is still connected to that war drama, which looks to be Zack Snyder’s followup to his Superman reboot, Man of Steel.

Here, in no particular order, are the films that Bale is said to be circling right now:

  • Spike Lee’s Oldboy, a Departed-style remake that could feature Bale as its vengeful villain.
  • Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, an expensive biblical retelling that Aronofsky was previously rumored to have approached Bale about headlining.
  • Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born, the third remake of the original 1937 Technicolor showbiz romance/drama, with Beyoncé starring.
  • Michael Mann’s Gold, a thriller being scripted by Oscar-winner Paul Haggis (Crash) that’s been likened to a contemporary version of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
  • Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, an adaptation of the story “The Low Dweller”, about an ex-con who sets out to avenge his brother’s death, once he is released from prison.
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Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in ‘The Fighter’

Bale will be all the hotter a commodity, following the (pun intended) one-two punch of his Academy Award-winning turn in The Fighter and his supposedly final onscreen performance as Batman in Dark Knight Rises. He’s always been highly selective about what films he appears in and rarely signs on to work with any project that doesn’t either sound great on paper and/or feature an excellent director already onboard (with arguably Terminator: Salvation and Reign of Fire being the obvious exceptions). So the idea of Bale collaborating with people like Eastwood or Aronofsky makes sense.

All of the aforementioned projects would see Bale tackling dark and gritty roles. Again, that’s in keeping with most of his previous films, but kind of disappointing for those hoping to see the actor try something a little different – something more like his darkly comical character in The Fighter, or his wonderfully absurd turn as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.

That said – having Bale onboard for your movie almost never hurts, so whatever film he does sign on for next, it’ll be good news. Heck, if he signs on as the villain in Lee’s Oldboy, people might actually start looking forward to it!

Source: Variety

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  1. Please. Do not remake Oldboy. Not with Christian Bale, not in a house, not on a train, not with a mouse. I will actually have to pray on this.

    • Christian Bale makes a very sexy vengeful villain. He is very strong and sexy.
      The sex appeal is for the ladies and the tough part of the character is for the guys.

  2. don’t remake oldboy. hollywood will find some way to mess it all up

  3. Bale being in Oldboy is just about the only thing that can make me even kind of interested in that film. Not really that interesting of a story.

  4. I was hoping for a Hispanic take on “Oldboy” with Benecio Del Toro or Javier Bardem with a Hispanic/Roman Catholic backdrop. Not really sure about an Appalachian take with an under weight Bale…

    • Now THAT would be a cool version. But in Bale I trust, my friend… And not the underweight one; the lean, mean one.

  5. Oh Bale as the villain? Still don’t see it…

    • American Psycho?

  6. Did you seriously just copy and paste my comment as your own? Why?

    • LOL! Damn spammers! :P

      • remakes are getting…old, boy

  7. ACK SPAM!

  8. Bale being in Oldboy is just about the only thing that can make me even kind of interested in that film. Not really that interesting of a story.

  9. what most people don’t also know is that Bale has the highest fan based websites of any other celebrity, and this has been since early 2000′s. ANY movie he is is will not only rake in the money at the theaters, but DVD sales go through the roof. Baleheads are many.

  10. Christian should be in A Star Is Born. He is a very talented actor with heartfelt emotion that deserves
    more recognition. I appreciate his action movies. I find them very entertaining but he should take on more dramatic acting roles also involving relationships.

  11. Let’s see: Christian Bale… opposite Josh Brolin… in a Spike Lee movie… which is a versiopn of the most awesome Korean film of the decade… Um, yes please?

    Also: am I the only one who has an (albeit guilty) cheese-filled love for REIGN OF FIRE?

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