Christian Bale has joined David Kushner’s adaptation of the Vanity Fair article ‘The Church of Living Dangerously.’
Bale will take on the role of John Lee Bishop, the married pastor and natural showman of The Living Hope Church which became so big at his peak it filled a former K-Mart superstore in Portland Oregon.
Bishop was no normal Pastor, not only did he cause issues after being caught in having an affair with a church employee, but he was also quite the showman who after introducing a Bengal Tiger in one of his sermons, was then mauled by said Tiger. He also had a painkiller and drinking problem.
If you thought the lunacy ended there it doesn’t. After finding his son was a meth addict, he decided to join him as a form of intervention, a habit which led to him ultimately smuggling drugs for a Mexican cartel and being convicted and sentenced to five years behind bars.
New Regency has acquired film rights to the article and to both Bishop’s life rights, with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson also producing.
Bale was last seen in Le Mans’66 alongside Matt Damon, his upcoming films include Taika Waititi’s ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ and the untitled David O. Russell feature which also stars Margot Robbie, Anya Taylor-Joy, John David Washington, Robert De Niro and Rami Malek.