Christian Bale For Nanjing Heroes
I have to be careful about saying anything about Christian Bale these days lest I get savaged by psychotic fans but he’s signed up for an epic historical feature in the shape of Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Heroes.
It will tell the story of the Nanjing Massacre which involved the slaughter of thousands of Chinese citizens by the Japanese in 1937. Bale will be playing a priest who helps many people escape with the aid of a German businessman called John Rabe.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Zhang Yimou stated, “I met Christian in America and was impressed with his serious book research for the role. It’s the overall strategy for Chinese cinema to approach the world and broaden its influence but casting Bale was a coincidence because the script happened to have an English-speaking part in the lead.”
The director is planning to spend $90m on the film which is fairly substatial stuff (reportedly about the same as John Woo spent on Red Cliff which was suitably impressive). No word on shooting yet, but it’ll probably be after Bale has finished his stint in the third outing of The Caped Crusader.