Christian Bale may be heading south of the border for his next project.

The "Dark Knight Rises" thesp is in "early talks" to star in "The Creed of Violence," a new film by Todd Field ("Little Children," "In the Bedroom") that would see Bale playing the role of a small-time assassin named Rawbone, according to Variety. Based on the 2010 novel by Boston Teran, the film centers on the exploits of Rawbone and a young F.B.I. agent who team up to infiltrate the Mexican criminal underground during the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

The film is being eyed for a possible early 2013 production start.


Bale can currently be seen in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," which has so far grossed over $730 million worldwide (and which hit #1 at the box-office for a third straight time over the weekend). Upcoming films include director Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" opposite Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson and Forest Whitaker, and Terrence Malick's back-to-back features "Knight of Cups" and "Untitled" (formerly known as "Lawless").

Does the Rawbone role sound like a good fit for Bale's talents? Has anyone read the novel? Sound off in the comments!