Christian Bale in talks to join Thor: Love and Thunder – report

Christian Bale is reportedly in negotiations to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder.The Oscar-winning actor is in talks with Marvel bosses to play an as-yet-unknown character in the fourth instalment of the superhero franchise, which sees Chris Hemsworth …

Christian Bale is reportedly in negotiations to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder.

The Oscar-winning actor is in talks with Marvel bosses to play an as-yet-unknown character in the fourth instalment of the superhero franchise, which sees Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the titular Norse god, according to editors at Collider.

Taika Waititi is also returning to direct the sequel, after his huge success with Thor: Ragnarok back in 2017. Production is set to start later this summer.

Should the deal go ahead, Thor: Love and Thunder will be Bale’s first comic book movie since his final turn as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.

Since the news broke, Marvel fans have speculated on social media that the 45-year-old could be playing Beta Ray Bill, who first appeared in Marvel comics as Thor’s adversary in 1983, and shares similar strength to the superhero.

Meanwhile, Thor comics writer Jason Aaron suggested that Bale should portray Dario Agger, the vicious chief executive of the Roxxon Corporation.

“You know who’s got my vote. ‘Who Is Christian Bale Playing in THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER?'” he wrote on Twitter, alongside an illustration of the character.

Marvel representatives have not yet to commented on the report.

Tessa Thompson will also be reprising her Thor: Ragnarok role as Valkyrie in Love and Thunder, while Natalie Portman will return to the franchise as Dr. Jane Foster and take on the mantle of The Mighty Thor in the fourth instalment.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set for release in November 2021.

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Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie

Christian Bale has explained why Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie.The British writer/director helmed the first of his superhero trilogy, Batman Begins, back in 2005, starring Bale as Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero. …

Christian Bale has explained why Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie.

The British writer/director helmed the first of his superhero trilogy, Batman Begins, back in 2005, starring Bale as Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero.

Nolan went on to make The Dark Knight in 2008, and four years later, he concluded his trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises, which saw Bruce Wayne retiring his alter-ego and eloping with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.

Now, Bale has opened up about the filmmaker’s decision to decline on making another Batman movie.

“I literally had people laugh at me when I told them we were doing a new kind of Batman,” the 45-year-old told the Toronto Sun. “I think that the reason it worked was first and foremost Chris’s take on it. But also, we never were arrogant to assume that we had an opportunity beyond one film at a time. ”

He went on to note that Nolan worked on the idea that his Dark Knight saga would always be a trilogy.

“Chris had always said to me that if we were fortunate to be able to make three, we would stop,” Bale shared.

Despite The Dark Knight Rises making more than $1.08 billion (£832 million) at the worldwide box office when it was released in 2012, the Oscar winner supported Nolan when he turned down a lucrative fourth Batman movie.

“Then when they inevitably came to us and said, ‘How about a number four?’ I said, ‘No. We have to stick to Chris’s dream, which was always to, hopefully, do a trilogy. Let’s not stretch too far and become overindulgent and go for a fourth. That’s why we, well Chris, stepped away. After that I was informed my services were no longer required,” he laughed, referencing Ben Affleck stepping into Bruce Wayne’s shoes for Justice League in 2017.

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Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson as Batman

Former Batman actor Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson taking on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming movie.The 45-year-old played the superhero in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, before reprising his role in the…

Former Batman actor Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson taking on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming movie.

The 45-year-old played the superhero in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, before reprising his role in the sequels – 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Ben Affleck later took on the part for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, but in May, it was confirmed Pattinson would play the character in The Batman, and Bale has now offered his seal of approval.

“Good choice! He’s interesting,” the Oscar winner told Variety at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday, where he is promoting biographical action movie Ford v Ferrari.

Of his best advice for Pattinson, he stated: “Oh, same as Ben (Affleck), just be able to pee by yourself… You don’t feel like a superhero when you aren’t able to p**s by yourself.”

Additionally, Bale expanded on his thoughts during a discussion with an Entertainment Tonight reporter at the same event.

“All the best to him! You know, I think he’s an absolutely fantastic actor,” he praised. “Wonderful choice for Batman!”

Producers have not yet announced other casting details for The Batman, though the film is slated to hit cinemas in June 2021.

While plot details remain under wraps, Pattinson did divulge during a recent interview with Variety that he had tried on the Batsuit.

“I put it on. I remember saying to Matt (Reeves), ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit,'” the 33-year-old recalled. “You do feel very powerful immediately.”

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Joey King was ‘forced to confront herself’ after shaving off her hair

Joey King was forced to confront her true self after shaving off her hair for her latest role.The actress has shorn off her locks several times, after landing parts that required a buzz-cut in The Dark Knight Rises, Wish I Was Here and most recently, T…

Joey King was forced to confront her true self after shaving off her hair for her latest role.

The actress has shorn off her locks several times, after landing parts that required a buzz-cut in The Dark Knight Rises, Wish I Was Here and most recently, TV series The Act.

And it was for the Hulu real-life drama, in which she played Gypsy Rose Blanchard, that prompted Joey to really think about how she felt about herself.

“I got rid of something that I usually hide behind, and that so many of us hide behind, and I was forced to confront myself and just be with myself with no hair,” she told People. “(Between that) and diving into such a complex character every day, I really just became my most confident and happy self.”

She also revealed that her family and friends were concerned about her shaving off her hair, as they were worried she would once again face a barrage of criticism from social media trolls.

“They were like, ‘Do you want to go through (that) again?’ But when I decided I was willing to take that risk, they were like, ‘All right, well then we are fully behind you.’ And I’m super thankful that they are,” the 19-year-old explained. “I remembered the way I felt when people said mean things when I was younger. But then I fully decided that I wanted to do it and when the day came along, I was like ‘Get this s**t off my head!'”

In addition, the young actress is one of five famous faces – including Juice hitmaker Lizzo – featured in Urban Decay’s new campaign, Pretty Different, which celebrates individuality and challenges stereotypes.

“I definitely own my uniqueness,” Joey shared, having rocked a pixie cut in the images. “I am very blunt and very honest. I don’t really have a filter.”

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Joey King shows off bald head on Instagram

Independence Day: Resurgence actress Joey King has shaved off her long hair for a new role.The 19-year-old star has been cast in Hulu’s true crime series The Act, alongside Patricia Arquette and Chloe Sevigny. Based on a Buzzfeed article by Michelle D…

Independence Day: Resurgence actress Joey King has shaved off her long hair for a new role.

The 19-year-old star has been cast in Hulu’s true crime series The Act, alongside Patricia Arquette and Chloe Sevigny.

Based on a Buzzfeed article by Michelle Dean, the show will recount the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, played by Joey, and her murdered mother Dee Dee Blanchard, portrayed by Patricia.

Sharing a video on Instagram of the shaving process, Joey told her followers: “My name for the next 4 months, is Gypsy Rose Blanchard. This story is very disturbing and I am honoured to be able to portray it. What a wild ride this will be on “The Act”.”

And in an interview with Allure, the teen star admitted she had no reservations when it came to clipping her longs locks.

“I’ve never really had an attachment to my hair,” she shrugged. “I couldn’t care less what happens to it. No part of me was nervous or was second-guessing it. So many people would ask me, ‘Are you really scared?’ or ‘Are you nervous?’ or say, ‘You’re so brave.’ And I’d go, ‘I’m not brave, I’m just cutting my hair off.'”

It’s not the first time Joey has had a razor-short haircut for work; in Christopher Nolan’s 2012 Batman flick The Dark Knight Rises, she was nearly bald for her role as a child prisoner, and she shaved her head on camera in Zach Braff movie Wish I Was Here two years later.

“I know this sounds crazy, and not a lot of people will agree with me, but I think every woman should shave her head at least once in her life,” she smiled. “It’s not like they’re going to regret it 10 years down the line when their hair is long again. It’s something that’s very freeing, really fun, and really empowering.”

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Tom Hardy questions offers of tough action roles now he’s older

Tom Hardy cannot fathom why he wasn’t offered big action roles when he was younger.The Revenant star is currently on the promotional trail for Sony comic book adaptation Venom, in which he plays a journalist named Eddie Brock who becomes the human host…

Tom Hardy cannot fathom why he wasn’t offered big action roles when he was younger.

The Revenant star is currently on the promotional trail for Sony comic book adaptation Venom, in which he plays a journalist named Eddie Brock who becomes the human host of an alien life form known as a symbiote.

In a cover interview with Esquire magazine, he admitted he “got battered for four months” on the shoot, and is currently nursing a torn meniscus in his knee, which he has yet to get fixed. He questioned why such roles are being offered to him now he’s 40, when he would have been better equipped for them a decade ago.

“By the time you’re 40 you get harder action heroes,” he said. “I’m absolutely broken now! Why didn’t you give me this 10 years ago?”

Tom believes he began receiving all these offers following his portrayal of notorious criminal Charles Bronson in 2008 movie Bronson.

“Once the Americans saw me in Bronson, they said, ‘Oh? You kick heads in? Oh, you’re a violent guy? We’ll take you!’” he explained, admitting that the hardman act is nothing like him in real life.

“Little do they know that I’m not a violent guy, I’m emotionally very sensitive — hee! — and quite vulnerable! But I pretended,” he joked. “But my difficulties probably manifested from the fact that I am sensitive. And trying to explain that brittle, slightly feminine quality that I have, because there’s a physicality about me that is masculine, and then also I’m quite b**chy…”

Despite his sensitive nature, the actor has gone on to portray tough men in films such as The Dark Knight Rises, Legend, Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Besides Venom, Tom has also completed filming Fonzo, in which he portrays notorious gangster Al Capone in the last few months of his life.

He has plenty of projects on the horizon including the next instalment of Mad Max, another season of TV show Taboo, and potentially more Venom films.

“Studios always sign you up for the rest of your life, and rightly so, but it’s all dependent on success,” he cryptically added.

Venom is set to hit cinemas from October (18).

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Pierce Brosnan backing Tom Hardy to take over Bond role

Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan is eager for Tom Hardy to step into the role of superspy 007 when Daniel Craig retires from the coveted gig. The Dark Knight Rises star has long been a fan favourite to take over the franchise after Daniel’s next …

Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan is eager for Tom Hardy to step into the role of superspy 007 when Daniel Craig retires from the coveted gig.

The Dark Knight Rises star has long been a fan favourite to take over the franchise after Daniel’s next outing as Bond, and predecessor Pierce is convinced Hardy has what it takes to really make the part his own.

“Daniel Craig has been an incredible Bond,” the Die Another Day actor told The Mail On Sunday’s Event magazine. “He’s very physical, he looks lethal. You genuinely believe this is someone who could kill a man.”

“He will do the next movie, and then I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond,” he shared. “I’d be happy to see him do it. You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it – that’s what makes Bond.”

Hardy isn’t the only name to be touted as a possible successor to Craig – Idris Elba, Aidan Turner, and James Norton were previously also said to be in the running for the prestigious job.

There has also been talk of switching up the gender of author Ian Fleming’s famed secret agent and casting an actress as Bond – but Pierce fears it would stray too far from the origin story.

“I think a woman could play Bond but it wouldn’t be James Bond,” he mused.

Brosnan played Bond in four films, from 1995’s GoldenEye to 2002’s Die Another Day, and admits he had a tough time accepting his exit from the storied franchise.

It wasn’t until he returned to the U.K.’s Pinewood Studios to film 2008’s Mamma Mia! movie musical that he really came to terms with being replaced by Craig for 2006’s Casino Royale.

“I looked out of my dressing room window, saw a huge 007 on the wall opposite me and realised we were on the James Bond set,” he recalled.

“That was the moment I faced up to my past. I had issues for many years… Now I just have great feelings about Bond.”

Craig is widely expected to walk away from Bond after filming the next instalment with Danny Boyle, which will mark his fifth appearance as 007.

Production on the as-yet-untitled movie will begin in December (18), and it will open in theatres in October, 2019.

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