FC Poll – What should Christian Bale do next after Batman 3?

Happy Friday all! I thought I’d do a poll as we all love to cast votes, right? 🙂

Well, I saw various tweets about Christian Bale‘s possible next projects post The Dark Knight Rises a few days ago but haven’t got a chance to actually read any of them closely until last night. Wow, even just looking at the list makes my head spin! There are more than half a dozen projects he’s either reported to have been cast or are considered by various filmmakers.

Before I list all of them, for sure we will see Bale in the historical drama 13 Women of Nanjing which is scheduled to be released next year, most likely after Batman 3. But beyond that, there is no other film listed on his IMDb page and filming of Batman 3 supposedly wraps in November. Perhaps he’s just being extra careful in choosing his next project, y’know to make sure he doesn’t suffer the ‘Oscar winner curse’ we’ve seen all too often. I doubt that’ll happen to him though, as he’s already a spectacular actor even before he won an Oscar for The Fighter. So maybe he just wants to go on a long holiday with his family? Who can blame him, he’s been quite prolific in the past few years.

In any case, here’s a quick summary of all the possible projects he’s been associated with so far:

(Sources: IMDb, Variety, A&E Playground, Guardian and Moviefone)

  • A third remake of A Star is Born opposite Beyonce, directed by Clint Eastwood – Plot: A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.
  • Michael Mann’s next project called Gold, which is a modern remake of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) – Plot: Two ambitious and energetic Americans searching for gold in Mexico. Sounds like a Western?
  • Yet another remake, this time it’s a Spike Lee’s version of the South Korean gory thriller Oldboy (2003) – Plot: After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, a man is released only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. Bale is reportedly offered the villain role, meh I hope he won’t do this one.
  • Darren Aranofsky’s epic Biblical tale Noah about the God-appointed ark builder. Bale has played the role of Jesus Christ before in a TV movie Mary, Mother of Jesus (terribly miscast IMO). In any case, if he did signed on, it wouldn’t be his first foray into a Christian-themed film.
  • The Road‘s director John Hillcoat’s The Revenant, which is based on a true story of adventurer Hugh Glass who’s left for dead by his employer after being mauled by a bear. The man miraculously survives and resolves to hunt down the men who abandoned him. Sounds too similar to Rescue Dawn as far as the harsh condition he’d have to endure during filming
  • This one is a possible reunion with his Machinist‘ director and writer, Brad Anderson and Scott Kosar, respectively. The project is called Concrete Island. Per Variety, the movie will be based on J.G. Ballard’s 1974 novel – it centers on a wealthy architect who finds himself stranded in a section of fenced-off wasteland in West London; he’s forced to survive on only what’s in his crashed car and what he’s able to find. He finds companions on the island and decides to remain there and forsake his former life. So basically it’s like Castaway but with a bit more companion than Wilson the volleyball?
  • Now this one I’m really excited about and sounds like it’s a done deal? My friend Castor reported last week that the suddenly-prolific Terrence Malick is apparently working on yet another Untitled Project and has cast Bale in the lead role. No idea what it’s about yet and Malick is still looking for the female lead.

    The last time Bale was in a Malick’s film he was playing such a deeply romantic role, playing John Rolfe to Q’orianka Kilcher’s ‘Pocahontas’ in The New World. I looooooove him in that, his 20-minute or so screen time is definitely my favorite part of the entire film! So of course I was bummed out when Ben Affleck replaced Bale in the untitled Malick’s romance drama opposite Rachel McAdams, so I’m hoping this will be a romantic role as well.
  • This is probably the least buzz-worthy out of the other rumored projects. According to the A&E article, Bale’s also rumored to star in director Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, “… a film formerly known as ‘The Low Dweller’, a dark drama which tells the story of a man named Slim, who, after being released from a lengthy prison sentence for murder, sets out to avenge the murder of his brother.”

My wish:

Now, I’ve said it in my birthday tribute to Bale last year that I still hold on to hope that one day he’ll do an unabashedly romantic movie. No, I’m not talking about rom-com, but a sweeping drama with a deep love story at its core (something like The Painted Veil?) or maybe a sci-fi romance as I looooove his tender scenes with Emily Watson in Equilibrium. I mentioned Angela Bassett in a blog comment yesterday, I’d love to see Bale opposite her in a forbidden bi-racial romance… yes I know there’s the 15-year age difference between them but that’d make it even more interesting. Plus Bassett still looks so good at 53 and she’s so darn classy!

So, now that I’ve told you what I’d love to see Bale do next, please vote for YOUR pick below… and share in the comments why you want him to do that role(s).