Christian Bale set to reunite with David O. Russell for new drama

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to ed…

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.

The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to editors at Deadline.

It is understood that the project will follow the story of an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer.

Bale, who won an Academy Award in 2011 for his role in The Fighter, will reportedly be joined by fellow Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie for the project, which has the working title of Amsterdam.

Russell’s frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence is also being touted as a potential female lead in the drama, alongside Margot Robbie.

Matthew Budman is set to produce the film, which is being fast-tracked by bosses at New Regency and is part of their new deal with Fox/Disney.

Production is expected to begin in April, and while Bale is rumoured to be playing the villain in the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster, Thor: Love and Thunder, that won’t begin filming until later this summer.

Russell hasn’t made a movie since Joy back in 2015, but has been working on a new project based on the book The Skies Belong to Us, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and also produce.

The Fighter scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, while American Hustle was up for 10 awards, with Bale landing a Best Actor nod.

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Amy Adams truly impressed by Christian Bale’s Vice transformation

Amy Adams was stunned by Christian Bale’s “impressive” transformation to play former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney onscreen, because it was unlike anything she had ever seen. Vice marks the actors’ third movie collaboration, and although Bale is kno…

Amy Adams was stunned by Christian Bale’s “impressive” transformation to play former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney onscreen, because it was unlike anything she had ever seen.

Vice marks the actors’ third movie collaboration, and although Bale is known for totally changing his physique to portray different characters, his 40 pound (18 kilogram) weight gain, coupled with the prosthetics he had to wear to bring Cheney to life in the biopic, really wowed Adams, who features as the politician’s wife, Lynne.

“Christian Bale, he’s so amazing in this,” she gushed on breakfast show Good Morning America. “He absolutely disappears (into the character), it’s unbelievable.

“I’ve worked with him before, so I wasn’t surprised, but I was so impressed with his commitment and dedication. He’s always so impressive.”

Witnessing the time and effort her The Fighter and American Hustle co-star Christian had to put into becoming Cheney onset each day made Amy realise how lucky she was not to have to spend quite so long in the hair and makeup trailer each morning.

“We had a great makeup team; we had a lot of people helping us out,” she said.

“I hate complaining about my own experience ’cause his was literally like, three to six hours every day, depending on what look he was going into,” Amy continued, adding, “He put on 40 real pounds!”

As for her own role, the actress initially thought the idea of portraying Lynne Cheney across five decades would be near impossible.

“At first I didn’t know a lot about Lynne, and when I received the script, I’m playing her from 20 to 70, and so doing the research and discovering who the character was outside of the public persona and perception of her, posed a real challenge,” she confessed.

However, it was a task Amy was ready to take on: “It was exciting,” she smiled.

And the five-time Oscar nominee was able to find inspiration from someone a little closer to home.

“My grandma grew up in Provo, Utah and she (Lynne) grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and there’s sort of a similar pioneering spirit and toughness, a real ruggedness about them,” she said.

Vice, which also features Sam Rockwell as former President George W. Bush and Steve Carell as ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, opens in theatres on Christmas Day (25Dec18).

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