Christian Bale is enjoying serious buzz right now for his powerful portrayal of a crack-addicted former boxer in the multi-Oscar-nominated The Fighter. Add that Best Supporting Actor buzz (and almost guaranteed win) with him soon donning Batman’s cape once more in Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and it’s safe to say Bale is a “hot” actor in Hollywood right now.
On top of Nolan’s second Batman sequel, Bale is rumored to star in Triple Frontier, a film about organized crime along the border shared between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, which is to be directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). However, we’re now hearing word that at some point in the next couple of years Bale may reunite with director Brad Anderson for a film called Concrete Island.
Both Shock Till You Drop and We Got This Covered spoke to Anderson while the director was promoting his latest film Vanishing on 7th Street and Anderson told them about Concrete Island. It’s an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1974 novel of the same name and Anderson describes the story as follows:
“The best way to describe it is it’s like an urban Robinson Crusoe story – a guy crashes a car into a highway interchange and is marooned in this weedy lot, injured, and can’t escape and he’s basically trying to survive in the middle of the big urban Metropolis. It’s sort of a crazy, cool Ballard-esque type story, but Christian’s on board to do that when we can fit it into his schedule, of course.”
Anderson himself is the one who mentions Bale as being attached to the project so if you want to air on the side of caution take what the director says with a grain of salt until we get an official casting announcement. But I imagine he and Bale are friends after working on The Machinist together and since he’s the director Anderson is likely to know a thing or two about who’s attached to star in his movie.
Anderson mentions that The Machinsit writer Scott Kosar is the one writing the script for Concrete Island, which would also reunite him with Anderson and Bale (if he ends up starring).
Anderson mentions that Bale’s involvement in Concrete Island all depends on his predictably busy schedule. Bale will be busy for quite a while with The Dark Knight Rises and should he end up starring in Triple Frontier that would obviously tie him up for even longer. Along with being rumored for Triple Frontier, Bale is also rumored an “Untitled Nikola Tesla Project” and is currently filming The 13 Women of Nanjing from famed Asian director Zhang Yimou.
However, if schedules allow it I would very much like to see Bale work with Anderson once more. The Machinist is an excellent film that rarely gets talked about these days, except of course whenever Bale’s dramatic weight loss/gain for roles is brought up (as it was when he lost weight to star in The Fighter). Speaking of which, with Concrete Island being about a guy who has to live on a freeway “island” (described as a “fenced off wasteland in the middle of a freeway intersection”), will Bale once again dramatically change his weight for the role? If so that’s either an indicator of a high level of commitment to the art of acting or a cause for concern (perhaps both?).
As mentioned, word of Bale’s attachment to this project comes from Anderson himself, so nothing is officially confirmed yet. But for now let’s discuss the prospect of Bale starring in the film – leave your thoughts in the comments below.
More on Concrete Island as news comes out.