Christian Bale Heeds 'The Creed of Violence'

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Christian Bale is leaving Gotham and heading for Mexico.

The "Dark Knight" star is officially rising to new challenges as he's in talks to join the cast of director Todd Field's crime drama, "The Creed of Violence," according to Variety.

The project first appeared on our radar last summer when word hit that Leonardo DiCaprio had been offered a role in the screen adaptation of the novel by cult author Boston Teran. "Creed" takes place circa 1910 and follows a criminal named Rawbone who tries to transport a cache of weapons into Mexico as part of the country's revolution. He is eventually caught and then accompanied by a government agent named John Lourdes, who shares a secret past with him.

Christian Bale will get to be the bad guy in this one as he's in talks to play Rawbone. There's been no word about DiCaprio's involvement since last summer, but as he doesn't have any definitive project lined up after Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," there's still a chance that he could be our Lourdes.

We'd love to see these two former Christopher Nolan leading men in the same movie together. Their paths were bound to cross sooner or later, starting all the way back in 1999 when DiCaprio was originally attached to the role that eventually went to Bale in "American Psycho."

"The Creed of Violence" marks Todd Field's first film since "Little Children," the 2006 drama starring Kate Winslet (Leo's "Titanic" and "Revolutionary Road" co-star) and Jennifer Connelly (Leo's "Blood Diamond" co-star). Production will commence in early 2013.