December 2nd, 2011
10:00 AM ET
Batman’s ditched Gotham City for the Far East. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Christian Bale, 37, is the first major Westerner to play a lead role in a Chinese film.
The Oscar winner stars in the upcoming historical drama “The Flowers of War,” which is based on the novel "The 13 Women of Nanjing." Helmed by heralded director Zhang Yimou, the film cost an unprecedented $100 million.
THR notes that if “The Flowers of War” is successful, it could open doors for more American actors to star in Chinese films. The industry trade reports that the Chinese government currently limits the annual number of Western films to 20, but has a burgeoning film industry.
Bale says taking the part of an American mortician who finds himself in the midst of war a "no-brainer."
"I like the adventure aspect of making movies, so the opportunity to work in China, not on an American movie, but on a Chinese movie, really appealed to me,” explains Bale, who recently wrapped his third (and final) Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“The Flowers of War" premieres in China on December 16 and will be released for just one week in the U.S. in late December.
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