Christian Bale Takes Lead in Todd Field's Western 'Creed of Violence'
If you've seen 2006's Little Children, you know that director Todd Field is a deliberate and patient man behind the camera. These qualities seem very well-suited for a western, and he signed onto one back in 2009, but we haven't heard a peep about it since then. After a six year wait between movies, it seems things are back on track and this project is coming to fruition with an A-list star to boot. (Get it? Boot? Western? Sorry.) The Playlist first reported (and Variety later confirmed) that Christian Bale is trading Tumbler for a horse and heading off to the old west in an adaptation of Boston Teran's novel The Creed of Violence.
Bale has dabbled in the western genre before, starring in James Mangold's 3:10 To Yuma opposite Russell Crowe. In that film, Bale played the protagonist, but here he's in talks to play a small-time assassin named Rawbone, who reluctantly teams with a Bureau of Investigations agent to infiltrate the Mexican criminal underworld during the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Leonardo DiCaprio was once attached to a lead role in the film, and Fields seems like he has enough prestige that he could still make the cut of the acclaimed actor's high standards of artists he chooses to work with. How badass would it be to see Leo and Bale on screen together? At the very least, they could swap stories about Chris Nolan behind the scenes. We'll keep you posted with updates about Creed of Violence as they roll in, but we've got a good feeling about this one.