Christian Bale is in talks to board Scott Cooper’s next project, Hostiles. John Lesher will produce the Black Mass director’s new feature with Ken Kao financing. The film would reunite the director with his Out Of The Furnace leading man. That 2013 drama also starred Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson.
Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army captain, who after stern resistance, begrudgingly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape and hostile Comanche tribes that they encounter along the way.
This would mark Bale’s next project. The mercurial actor, Academy Award-nominated for yet another brilliant turn in Adam McKay’s financial meltdown dramedy The Big Short, had been set to play Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann’s long-cherished biopic of the iconic carmaker. Instead, on doctor’s advice, he left after health concerns over the weight gain necessary for the role.
Bale has a brace of Terrence Malick projects in the pipeline: Knight Of Cups, where he plays a Hollywood-based filmmaker who has lost his way amidst a sea of beautiful visuals and non-linear narration; and Weightless, about two intersecting love triangles set against the music scene in Austin. Kao co-financed both those films as well. Bale has also voiced the role of Bagheera in Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros and stars with Oscar Isaac in Terry George’s The Promise. That project is also a love triangle, set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire.
Bale is repped by WME. Cooper, who most recently helmed Black Mass, is repped by CAA.