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Christian Bale joining Yimou’s “Heroes” before heading back to Batman

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Christian Bale balances blockbusters with art house pictures that flex his acting muscles and, I assume, nourish his creative soul. He goes from “Batman Begins” to “The New World” and “Rescue Dawn,” of “The Dark Knight” and “Terminator: Salvation” to “The Fighter.”

Are you wondering where Bale will head right before he and Christopher Nolan bid farewell to Gotham City in 2012?

It sounds like he’ll play an American priest during the 1937 Nanjing Massacre for a film directed by Zhang Yimou.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

THR reports that Bale will star in Yimou’s “Nanjing Heroes.” The drama will begin filming in January, and will be feature both American and Mandarin dialogue. Bale rarely makes it easy on himself. It’s almost like he has to endure difficult acting challenges to atone for his popcorn efforts.

And I love him for it.

Bale continues to pound away in “The Fighter,” which is in theaters as we speak. He’s getting a ton of awards consideration, and will ride that momentum until he becomes one of Yimou’s “Heroes.” Busy man.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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