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.

Which of the above would you like to see Bale plump for? Speak up here!


    • FBHIbrahim

      Aug 25th 2011, 9:16

      All of them, but the Oldboy remake desrves to cast him as the (locked up) hero, not the villain.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Aug 25th 2011, 9:19

      Yeah actually he was quite good in Shaft (awful film though). I like the idea of him as a villain.. and agreed.. not really interested in an Oldboy remake as the original is, well.. just that, but this does sound slightly more intriguing

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    • Peachy556

      Aug 25th 2011, 10:53

      If he's smart, he'll do one of the original projects, not a remake. Shaft was awful, and I just think however good Lee's remake is (and Malcolm X remains the only film of his that makes his acclaim worthy) it's all been done before

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    • Mattsimus

      Aug 25th 2011, 22:09

      Hey Dalidab!!! slightly off point, but I got a question, are you a guy or a girl? no offence intended its just I thought you were a guy as ive never really read a variety of movie related articles from a lady so keen and enthusastic about film!! so please confirm so I may paint an acurate picture when im reading the forum....cheers mate eerr love or whatever haha. The M x

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    • Mattsimus

      Aug 26th 2011, 13:04

      Haha No Dalidab! nice one mate, not dissapointed, thanks for clearing it up my movie buddy, speak soon. M

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    • writerdave87

      Aug 26th 2011, 22:19

      Matt trust me, you'll learn far more about dalidab than you'd ever want to if you hang around here for any length of time. The man doesn't have any concept of TMI.

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