Bale was questioned about his upcoming plans throughout an interview on Thursday in Palmdale, California, where the Oscar winner presided over the inauguration of a 16-year passion project that would create a community of houses where orphaned siblings could reside underneath a single umbrella.
He mentioned the unnamed Maggie Gyllenhaal film he was due to make for Warner Bros. in which he would play Frankenstein, saying, “I’ve got to shave my head next week [for a movie].” The anticipated start of filming is in the upcoming weeks. “I asked them to please let me hold off on doing that but everyone was going, ‘What’s wrong with Bale? What’s up with him?’ I said, ‘Just let me get through the groundbreaking and then I’ll be off to join you.’”
Production Weekly first reported on the movie in August of last year, and a more recent article in Deadline stated that Gyllenhaal has assembled a stellar ensemble for her second film as a filmmaker. Peter Sarsgaard, Annette Bening, Penelope Cruz, and Jessie Buckley will be Bale’s co-stars. The Jan. 12 report stated that the movie would center on Frankenstein’s search for love. It further mentioned that the film was first scheduled for Netflix before being acquired by Warner Bros. The plot of the logline centers around a lone Frankenstein who goes to Chicago in the 1930s to ask Dr. Euphronius for help in making a partner for himself. A young woman who was killed is given new life by the two, and the Bride is conceived.
The artist paused to give his partners some props. “I’ll be working with the wonderful Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessie Buckley and so many talented actors in the cast. I’ve got to get busy getting on the rack, breaking my bones and eating lots of fertilizer or something to try and grow.”