Christian-BaleWith Darren Aronofsky’s Noah very much on the horizon in Spring 2014, we’ve got another epic biblical retelling to look forward to down the line in Ridley Scott’s Exodus. The project has been in development for a while now, and it looks like it may now be close to finding its lead.

Deadline report that Scott and Fox have been courting Christian Bale to take the leading role of Moses. Though talks are still in the early stages, it’s definitely an interesting though to imagine having Ridley Scott behind the camera and Christian Bale in front of it.

The film was originally penned by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Tower Heist), with the Oscar-winning Steve Zaillian (Gangs of New York, Schindler’s List) coming on board to rewrite the script.

Bale is of course coming off the back of leading Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and has since been working on Terrence Malick’s two upcoming films, as well as more recently completing Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, which Ridley Scott produced.

Next on his slate is one of the co-leading roles in David O. Russell’s untitled Abscam project, opposite Bradley Cooper (and an amazing ensemble cast), and would likely be filming Exodus soon after that, if talks go well.

Bale sounds like an absolutely brilliant choice to take the leading role here. With a slew of credits that show his impressive dexterity, from The Dark Knight Trilogy to American Psycho, The Fighter to The Machinist, and beyond, it seems like there’s nothing he can’t do. And a biblical epic of this scale, with Scott at the helm, definitely has potential.

Following last year’s Prometheus, Scott has most recently been working on The Counselor, which promises to be a very big contender in the Oscar race at the end of the year. And it’s thought that he and Fox will be moving on Exodus as soon as The Counselor is complete. With any luck, they’ll be doing so with Bale on board. More as we get it.

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