Christian Bale may join Oldboy

Mulling over villain role in Spike Lee's remake

With filming on The Dark Knight Rises coming to a close in the autumn, Christian Bale is on the lookout for his next big project. And from the sound of things, he won’t be stuck for options.

Variety reports that top of Bale’s list of options is the role of the villain in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. To clarify, that’s the chap who locks up the film’s hero in a hotel room for a soul-sapping 15 years.

If the film is anything like the Korean original, the character will be a fiend the like of which Bale has never played before, and might make for a good change-up from his recent cape-clad heroics.

However, there are plenty of alternatives for him to choose from. Clint Eastwood’s Beyoncé-starring remake of A Star Is Born is also believed to have tickled his fancy, as is Michael Mann’s treasure-hunt thriller Gold .

On top of that, Bale has been linked to Out Of The Furnace , the latest film from Crazy Heart ’s Scott Cooper, and Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah . As we mentioned before, Bale is a man in demand.

One project he won’t be involved in however is Zack Snyder’s The Last Photograph . Bale had been said to be starring in the Afghanistan-set war thriller, but is no longer attached to the project.

The next confirmed film on his slate will be Terrence Malick’s next picture, which currently remains unnamed.

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