Christian Bale is in a good place career-wise, and not just because of the impressive box-office performance of his last Bat-movie, The Dark Knight Rises.
He has recently completed shooting on revenge thriller Out Of The Furnace, as well on working two new movies with his The New World director Terrence Malick (who's in danger of losing his mystique if he doesn't slow down a notch).
And now Variety is reporting that Bale is in early negotiations to add Todd Field's The Creed Of Violence to his schedule, tackling a role once linked to Leonardo DiCaprio.
Based on a novel by Boston Teran, Creed is set in 1910, and follows the uneasy alliance between assassin Rawbone (the Bale part) and FBI noob John Lourdes. According to the novel's synopsis, it's "set against a backdrop of intrigue and corruption… a saga about the scars of abandonment, the greed of war and America's history of foreign intervention for the sake of oil."
Could be a rich blend of gritty period violence with a side order of political allegory then.
Field only has two features to his name as a director, In The Bedroom and Little Children. Both are keenly observed relationship dramas that visit dark places, so Creed could be an interesting match for him.
Don't expect to see this one before 2014 though.
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