Marvel have outdone themselves this time on the casting front because word on the street is that Christian Bale is in the running for a part in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder.
According to Collider, the man who was once Batman is in talks to join Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok follow-up alongside Chris Hemsworth. Talk about an unexpected Marvel/DC crossover.
As for who Christian Bale will play, well, Marvel is doing its usual schtick of keeping details under wraps and is refusing to comment on anything. But while the comic book movie behemoth isn’t budging on any information, the internet is already clamoring for the Oscar-winning actor to play Beta Ray Bill in Love and Thunder.
For those who are unaware, Beta Ray Bill is a horse-faced alien who is one of the few worthy enough to wield Mjolnir and is the true wielder of Thor’s axe, Stormbreaker.
Christian Bale butting heads with Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman as the worthy wielders of Mjolnir and Stormbreaker? Sounds like a Marvel fan’s wet dream.
The casting of Christian Bale for an MCU film makes little sense and perfect sense at the same time.
On one hand, he’s a deadly serious method actor who goes after big, dramatic roles and has already had his run as a superhero so it seems weird for him to slip back on the spandex, especially for a wildly wacky film made by Taika Waititi.
But on the other hand, Marvel have a habit of hiring big-name, Oscar-winning actors for various parts in its MCU flicks so getting Bale is par for the course for them. Hell, Taika managed to squeeze out a great comic performance from Anthony Hopkins in Thor: Ragnarok so just imagine what he can do with Christian Bale.
We certainly won’t know who Christian Bale is playing in Thor: Love and Thunder for a while yet as the film isn’t due to hit cinema screens until November 2021.
But here’s hoping he actually ends up playing Beta Ray Bill because not only will seeing him perform the character with his trademark seriousness while in mo-cap be hilarious, we can start calling him Beta Ray Bayle.
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