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Christian Bale to reunite with Scott Cooper for Western Hostiles

Out Of The Furnace

Story by Jack Foley

CHRISTIAN Bale is to reunite with director Scott Cooper for new Western drama Hostiles.

The film will focus on a Native American-hating soldier (to be played by Bale), who is nearing retirement when he is given one last assignment: to escort an Indian chief back to his Montana reservation.

During the course of their journey, the duo come across a young widow and have to fight off attacks by Comanche tribes. In doing so, the Native American learns to respect the race he hates.

The screenplay was penned by late scribe Donald Stewart, who won an Oscar for co-writing the 1982 Jack Lemmon drama Missing and also worked on The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games.

Cooper, who most recently directed Johnny Depp to some of the best reviews of his career in Black Mass, re-wrote the script.

The plan is to shoot the movie in the summer.

Westerns are currently back in vogue following the success of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar-tipped The Revenant, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight and Kurt Russell’s Bone Tomohawk.

Bale, who is also in awards contention once again for his latest film The Big Short, last worked with Cooper on 2013’s brilliant Out of the Furnace.

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