Christian Bale has worked with Christopher Nolan four times in the last decade, on three Batman movies and The Prestige, and every time Wally Pfister has been right there with them. Pfister has been Nolan's go-to cinematographer since Memento, and surely Pfister and Bale have had plenty of time to bond on their own over the course of shooting four giant movies. Now Pfister is cashing in on that bond, with Bale now yet another big-name star eyed to take part in Pfister's directorial debut, Transcendence.

Yes, this is the same project we were reporting on yesterday that is apparently paying Johnny Depp a fortune to get on board. The Los Angeles Times reports that there are in fact three lead roles, and that Bale "has apparently been in Pfister's sights" for one of them-- though that's far, far from any confirmation that he'll take part. The Times article is largely about the secrecy around the film, so obviously there's not much more detail-- it will shoot in Los Angeles this winter, and it's called Transcendence, and… that's pretty much it. So until we see some kind of press release announcing Depp and Bale's participation, we can't count on anything.

In addition to those two, rumor has it that Pfister has contacted Noomi Rapace, James McAvoy, Tobey Maguire and Christoph Waltz about playing roles, though again, we have no idea how serious those talks are. After years of working with Nolan, Pfister has clearly adopted the same love of secrecy-- so now there's yet another director we'll have to run circles around to try and get any information.

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