Collider reports that former Batman actor Christian Bale is in talks with Marvel Studios and director Taika Waititi for an undisclosed role in Thor: Love & Thunder, the fourth film in the Thor franchise.
TheHollywoodReporter backed up the reporting.
His role is unknown, but normally they tend to pick the high profile actor to play the villain, fellow Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett in Thor: Ragnarok being the latest example.
There are plenty of villains left on the floor for Taika to use including Balder The Brave, Gorr, Cul Borson/The Serpent, Ulik The Rock Troll, and even Roxxon CEO Dario Agger.
If Bale joins the project he’ll join a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/Lady Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Taika reprising the role of Korg.
Filming on Thor: Love & Thunder is expected to kick-off in August at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, Australia once Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings wraps filming.
Australia is currently dealing with a massive amount of wildfires which is impacting New South Wales, the Australian state where Fox Studios is located. While protecting wildlife and people’s homes are the most important thing concerning the fires, currently, there is a chance they could also impact production.
We’ll likely get a sense of what is going to happen when they announce that Shang-Chi begins shooting.
Interesting enough, Bale’s Ford v Ferrari co-star Matt Damon had a small cameo in Thor: Ragnarok playing Loki in the Asgard play.
Christian’s other credits include The Fighter, The Prestige, Vice, and The Big Short.
I think we’ll all be curious to see if WandaVision, Loki, and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness will have a direct connection to the events of this new Thor movie give that the Multiverse could explain why Jane Foster is Lady Thor.
Thor: Love & Thunder is set for a release date of November 5th, 2021.