Now that he's won an Academy Award, Christian Bale is contractually obligated to have a giant Oscar statue next …
That would be "Noah," the movie he turned to after walking away from "The Wolverine." It's a dark retelling of the Bible story about the carpenter who built an ark before God destroyed the world with a flood. (Sorry, probably should have said "Spoiler Alert" there.) Apparently, Aronofsky wants to make an R-rated version that has more infidelity in it, which is exactly the sort of thing we always thought the original story lacked.
Vulture hears that Aronofsky is "in talks with Christian Bale" to play Noah, so we fully expect that if Bale signs up for the role he's going to start growing his long white beard immediately. The dedicated professional that he is, he'll also probably go out and rent "Evan Almighty" to see what he can learn from Steve Carell's take.
(Bad) joking aside, even if Aronofsky lands Bale, "Noah" is far from a sure thing. Budgeted at $130 million, the movie is currently looking at three different studios, including Fox, to finance the picture. And while he's an Oscar-winner and the star of the Batman films, Bale has had a little trouble opening films all on his own. (With his biggest non-Batman hit, "Terminator Salvation," you could argue that the brand was more of a selling point than he was.) And then there's the little matter of a Bible story that's being re-imagined as an edgy R-rated tale. Bale may get plenty of time to grow that beard before this thing finally gets in front of the cameras.
- Christian Bale
- Darren Aronofsky