Sean Penn, Christian Bale To Take "The Last Photograph"

Posted by David Ozanich — 13 Apr 2011


Photojournalism in combat zones will be getting the silver screen treatment if the reports Deadline hears are true. Academy Award winners Sean Penn and Christian Bale are circling "The Last Photograph." Bale would play a war photographer and Penn an ex-CIA officer. The director, Arden Oplev, most recently helmed the Swedish version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Set in Afghanistan, it is a timely drama that has elements of "The Searchers" and "Taken". Bale plays a war correspondent who witnesses and is the only survivor of an attack on a group of Americans. Penn is circling the role of a retired ex-special ops soldier who comes to the scene determined to free a family member who has been kidnapped. The journalist agrees to help identify the kidnappers and travel the rough terrain to find them, in exchange for the story. The road brings them in confrontation with tribal regions of Afghanistan, and none of the diplomats will help.

Production would likely start in 2012 after Bale finishes filming the latest Batman sequel.

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