Christian Bale WON'T Lead Zack Snyder's The Last Photograph
I've recently been wondering what Christian Bale is up to since we haven't heard much about any future projects since last year's Public Enemies and Terminator Salvation (which may have been overshadowed by his behavior on set) and the yet to be released The Fighter. Now we have an answer as Pajiba has discovered from an inside source that Bale is set to star in The Last Photograph, a drama that's been gestating for a few years based on an original idea from filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) which "revolves around a photograph that becomes the catalyst for a journey two men undertake throughout war-torn Afghanistan."
For some reason this "original idea" sounds extremely familiar, but I just can't remember why. Immediately I'm remembering a scene where a soldier finds a photo of a woman in some rubble and either it was just an isolated scene that didn't go anywhere, or it was the catalyst of him finding the woman because her picture kept him going during whatever war they were fighting. It's really driving me quite crazy. Anyway, we first heard about this project way back in 2007 and again back in 2009 when Sergei Bodrov (Mongol) was said to be directing the project. Now Pajiba says Niels Adren Oplev (of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is now available on Netflix Instant) is the frontrunner to direct, but they're careful to call that a rumor for now. Since neither Bale nor Oplev have anything lined up coming up, this seems like a perfect match. Interested?
Update: We were just informed by Zack Snyder's rep that this is not entirely true. Bale only "read a draft" of The Last Photograph but hasn't agreed to any role and hasn't even started negotiating a "deal" for it yet. Essentially it was a bit of premature casting that jumped the gun. We'll do our best to keep you updated on whatever news we hear on The Last Photograph. For now this is just a bit of speculation, a what if scenario.