Christian Bale to Battle Comanche Tribes in Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’

John Lesher (“Birdman”) and Ken Kao are producing the indie movie with “Black Mass” director Cooper

Christian Bale has closed a deal to star in the indie movie “Hostiles,” which reunites the Oscar-winning actor with his “Out of the Furnace” director Scott Cooper, it was announced Thursday.

Set in 1892, “Hostiles” follows a legendary Army captain, who after stern resistance, begrudgingly 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.

Cooper is directing from his own script as well as producing alongside John Lesher (“Black Mass”) and Ken Kao (“The Nice Guys”). The story is a re-imagining of a manuscript by Oscar-winning screenwriter Donald Stewart, which was written some 30 years ago.

Waypoint Entertainment will be financing “Hostiles,” and production will start in July.

Bale, who is currently up for an Oscar for his supporting performance in “The Big Short,” will soon be seen in a pair of Terrence Malick movies. He recently wrapped Terry George’s “The Promise” with Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon.

Bale is represented by WME and attorney Carlos Goodman, while Cooper is repped by CAA and attorney Darren Trattner of Jackoway Tyerman.

The news was first reported by Variety.

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