LOS ANGELES (February 18, 2016) -- Christian Bale just closed his deal to star in HOSTILES, the next writing and directorial effort from Scott Cooper (BLACK MASS, CRAZY HEART). This marks the second time the pair will work together since collaborating on the 2013 film, OUT OF THE FURNACE.


Set in 1892, HOSTILES tells the story of 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 and producing alongside John Lesher (BIRDMAN, BLACK MASS) and Ken Kao (KNIGHT OF CUPS, THE NICE GUYS). The story is a re-imagining of a manuscript by OscarĀ®-winning screenwriter Donald Stewart, which was written some thirty years ago. Waypoint Entertainment will be financing HOSTILES and the picture will go before cameras in July.

The deal was negotiated for Bale by WME and attorney Carlos Goodman, and for Cooper by CAA and attorney Darren Trattner of Jackoway Tyerman.