Christian Bale is one of the rare actors that worked through adolescence and into his 20s. We will never forget his stellar performance in Steven Spielberg’s 1987 Empire of the Sun when he was only 13 years old. He’s played mostly supporting roles in major studio movies before he became famous, and he is well known for his starring roles in smaller indie flicks.
Bale was well known for his acting skills in some circles, however in 2000 his career took off when he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of serial killer Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho”. He is known as one of the best method actors in the world for portraying the role of Trevor Reznik, after he lost 63 pounds to play the demented character.
His commercial recognition and acclaim for his performances stretch over a number films. He is better known for his performance as Bruce Wayne (Batman) in Christopher Nolan’ Batman trilogy. Living up to his reputation as one of the best methods actors in the business, Bale received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Dicky Eklund in the biopic “The Fighter” (2010). He won several awards for his performance, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
After a very successful run as Batman and winning an Oscar award along the way for “The Fighter”, what can we expect next from one of our favourite actors? Let’s have a look at Christian Bale’s list of films to keep an eye on.
6 Great Movies Christian Bale Will Star in Next
1. Out of the Furnace (2013)
The talent heavy production and star-studded cast is enough reason to keep an eye on this gritty drama. The film is helmed by Sam Cooper and co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. Christian Bale portrays ex-con Russell Baze, who is seeking vengeance. Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) gets involved in a Northeast crime ring headed by Curtis DeGroat (Woody Harrelson). Rodney soon after disappears and the local law enforcement is unable to assist. Taking matters into his own hands, Russell seek assistance from his uncle “Red” (Sam Shepard) to take down the men responsible. Bale is supported by Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard.
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Release date 6 December 2013
Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper
Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana
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2. American Hustle (2013)
David O. Russell is fresh of the red carpet with his recent success for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. Bale won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role when he collaborated with O. Russell in “The Fighter” as Dicky Eklund. Bale has once again undergone a drastic change in his physical appearance, and he has teamed up with O. Russell for “American Hustle”.
American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Bale), who along with his equally cunning British partner and lover Sydney Prosser (Adams) is forced to work for a wild unhinged FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper).DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes.
O. Russell and Bale proved they are a winning combination, can we expect another Oscar?
Release date 25 December 2013
David O. Russell
Eric Singer, David O. Russell
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper
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3. Exodus (2014)
Director Ridley Scott’s Moses epic “Exodus” has turned up the heat with the exciting news that Christian Bale has signed on to play the Biblical character, Moses. “The Great Gatsby” star Joel Edgerton is in talks to play the Egyptian ruler Ramses, cited by Hollywoodreporter.com. Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton
In the Book of Exodus, Moses was born as a Hebrew at a time when the Pharaoh had commanded that male Hebrew children be drowned. The infant Moses was set adrift on the Nile in a basket, rescued by the Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in the royal family as a brother to the future Pharoah. According to the Biblical story, the adult Moses was commanded by God to go to Egypt and deliver the Hebrews from bondage.
Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) scribe is onboard with a rewrite of Adam Cooper and Bill Collage script. Scott is producing the pic alongside Zaillian and Peter Chernin for 20th Century Fox. Production is set to start in September in Spain, Morocco, and England with an anticipated released date on December 12, 2014.
Release date 12 December 2014
Bill Collage (screenplay), Adam Cooper (screenplay)
Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Joel Edgerton
4. Knight of Cups (2014)
The highly acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line) serves behind the lens of this romantic drama about a man (Christian Bale) seeking truth and love in the LA film industry. The title refers to the Knight of Cups tarot card which represents a person who is nice, clever and principled, but also a dreamer, easily sidetracked and discouraged. If laid upright the card represents change, especially of a romantic nature. Laid downright, however, it suggests unreliability and recklessness.
News regarding this production has been very scarce however the film is still in post-production with Bale attached as the star. Natalie Portman is set to co-star with Bale according to a report by Collider.com back in 2012. “Knight of Cups” is being shot back-to-back and edited simultaneously with Malick’s second project Lawless. We have no information detailing the storylines, Collider reports that “the plots are being kept under tight wraps”.
Genre: Drama / Romance
Release date : TBA
Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett
5. The Creed of Violence (2014)
Christian Bale has been long rumoured to portray the assassin Rawbone, in Universal’s adapation of Boston Teran’s novel. Collider.com reported back in 2012, “News of Bale’s involvement is a bit complicated. His name popped up on Cross Creek’s official website, which was caught by the eagle eyed folks over at The Playlist. Variety then corroborated the story, adding that there’s a bit of a gap in the negotiations between the studio and Bale. They apparently offered the actor $5 million, while Bale’s folks have been asking for $10 million”. It has been over a year since any updates have been made available about the production however Bale is still pinned as the leading actor.
According to Empireonline.com, the film is being produced and financed by Cross Creek Pictures. Producer Brian Oliver says it “brings a unique perspective to US imperialism for oil in the early 20th century.” “He compares the tale to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, but you might also draw useful comparisons with The Wages Of Fear (driving a truck somewhere dangerous), There Will Be Blood (oil), and the cycle of Italian “Zapata Westerns” like A Bullet For The General and A Fistful Of Dynamite. Michael De Luca (The Social Network) is a producer, and the screenplay is by Todd Field (Little Children), who’ll also direct.”
Genre: Crime / Drama
Release date : TBA
Todd Field (screenplay), Boston Teran (novel)
6. Untitled Terrence Malick project (2014)
Terrence Malick is directing and writing an upcoming musical drama film starring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and Val Kilmer. The storyline is said to be surrounding two intersecting love triangles set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Genre: Musical Drama
Release date : TBA
Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman