Scott Cooper and Christian Bale are teaming up again for their new Western film, “Hostiles.” Cooper, who is writing and directing the film, previously directed Bale in “Out of the Furnace.”
Cooper will also produce alongside “Black Mass” producer John Lesher, as well as Ken Kao, Variety reports.
According to the outlet, the film’s description is as follows:
Set in 1892, “Hostiles” tells the story of a legendary Army captain, who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape and hostile Comanche tribes that they encounter along the way.
Bale had previously been tapped to star in “Ferrari,” but left the project due to health concerns. He would have had to gain a substantial amount of weight for the role. Cooper reportedly had been eyeing other projects as well, but jumped at the chance to work with Bale again after he became available.
Cooper recently helmed the Johnny Depp-starring mob movie “Black Mass.” The film had a lot of awards buzz earlier in the season. Bale is currently nominated for his role in “The Big Short,” which is the current favorite to take home Best Adapted Screenplay. It is also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for Adam McKay.
Production for “Hostiles” is set to begin in July.
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