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Exclusive: Christian Bale Set for Zack Snyder's The Last Photograph

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 6, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 6, 2010 |

Update: A rep for Zack Snyder says that Christian Bale is not “set”; he’s only read the script but has not signed on in any official capacity. We’ve apparently jumped the gun on this bit of casting, at least according to the rep. But then again, I think that’s what a rep is supposed to say before the casting is official and the press release has been written up.

For what that’s worth, it doesn’t seem she addressed the Niels Arden Oplev aspect of the story. Implied confirmation? Maybe. I dunno.

After the last hour exclusive about a couple of offers to Bradley Cooper and Jim Carrey, the Hollywood Cog apparently felt sorry for me, and decided to up the ante. In his ever-cryptic way, the Cog informs me that Christian Bale is set to star in The Last Photograph, based on an original idea from Zach Snyder (300).

An “original idea” plus Christian Bale — who hasn’t been seen onscreen since last year’s lackluster Public Enemies — is cause enough for celebration. But there is more. Although IMDb has Russian director Sergey Bodrov attached to direct The Last Photograph, the Cog tells me that director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) may actually be the frontrunner now for the job. Oplev doesn’t have anything in the works, and coming off the spectacular Dragon Tattoo, the move would make sense for Warner Brothers and Hollywood Gang productions. However, I have no confirmation on the Oplev part, so let’s chalk that up to rumor, for the moment. The Bale casting, however, is solid.

The script itself comes from Kurt Johnstad, who penned the script for Snyder’s 300. The details are scant, however: I am told it’s a drama that “revolves around a photograph that becomes the catalyst for a journey two men undertake through war-torn Afghanistan.” It was announced that Bodrov (Mongol) was attached in March 2009, but it appears as though that may not work out. It was also announced then that the project was on the fast track, but it’s been a year and a half, so you can draw your own conclusions.

Snyder is currently wrapping up Sucker Punch, while Bale has finished The Fighter and has Batman 3 and a Terrence Malick project on his slate.

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