Christian Bale is in talks to star in “The Creed of Violence,” says Variety. Todd Field is adapting Boston Teran’s novel. Incredibly, this will be Field’s first film since 2006′s acclaimed “Little Children.”
Here’s a synopsis of the novel from Amazon:
Mexico, 1910. The landscape pulses with the force of the upcoming revolution, an atmosphere rich in opportunity for a criminal such as Rawbone. His fortune arrives across the haze of the Sierra Blanca in the form of a truck loaded with weapons.
But Rawbone’s plan spins against him, and he soon finds himself at the Mexican-American border and in the hands of the Bureau of Investigation. He is offered a chance for immunity, but only if he agrees to proceed with his scheme to deliver the truck and its goods to the Mexican oil fields while under the command of Agent John Lourdes. Rawbone sees no other option and agrees to the deal—but he fails to recognize the true identity of Agent Lourdes, a man from deep within his past.
Set against a backdrop of intrigue and corruption, The Creed of Violence is a saga about the scars of abandonment, the greed of war, and America’s history of foreign intervention for the sake of oil.
Bale would play Rawbone, leaving someone else a shot at Lourdes, which also seems like a pretty good part. If this happens, that is–Variety notes that it’s far from certain the deal will close.If it does, they’re hoping to film early in 2013 for a 2014 release.
Bale is currently being seen on screens in the megahit “The Dark Knight Rises.” He finished filming “Out of the Furnace” for Scott Cooper and is at work on two Terrence Malick films, “Knight of Cups” and one which is still known as “Untitled Terrence Malick Project.”