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Sean Penn And Christian Bale To Team Up for THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH?

Nordling here.

I don't care about his politics, I don't care about his offscreen persona, I just want to see more Sean Penn in movies.  I think he's an amazing actor and I especially can't wait to see what he does in THE TREE OF LIFE.  Now, it looks like a new action film with Penn possibly starring - to be produced by Joel Silver and Dark Castle Productions and StudioCanal - may happen.  Currently in talks, Joel Silver is trying to sign Sean Penn and Christian Bale as the two leads, according to Variety.

The film, called THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH and to be directed by Dane Niels Arden Oplev (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), is a revenge story where Penn's character is a special ops soldier who goes to Afghanistan to get who murdered his brother's family.  He contacts Bale's character, a photojournalist who took the picture that documented the event.

Considering Penn's acting career thus far, this sounds different for him, and I'd imagine Penn and Bale together will make for some pretty powerful moments on screen.  Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder are co-producers.  It's a flat out genre film as described by the producers, and it sounds topical as well as thrilling.  Hope they get them to sign on the line that is dotted.

Nordling, out.

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  • May 10, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST



  • May 10, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    I love me some Sean Penn

    by geeko2000

    Bring it!

  • May 10, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Fuck YES this sounds intriguing!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Damn, would love to see these two actors together! And in an action/thriller?! Wow.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Predict Americans will be behind the killing.

    by V'Shael

    Oh noes, what a shocker, what a twist... sometimes Americans do bad things and kill fellow Americans while abroad. I hope it's not that fucking predictable.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Penn and military don't go...

    by JamesWest

    I don't buy Sean Penn as a member of any military, much less the Special Ops!!

  • May 10, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    doesn't sound much more than a REVENGE movie

    by thatfilmlover

    I don't see why it would interest Penn to be honest.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    switch bale and penn's roles?

    by georgecauldron

    I would imagine Penn as a photojournalist and Bale as a special ops soldier.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    saw THOR today

    by frank cotton

    excellent - couldn't have liked it more. and, yes i will return, with more of my insanity, likely, before the week is out

  • fact.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Sounds interesting.

    by monolithik

    But I'd hate to be on that set, especially if Penn and Bale's periods sync up, hahah. Holy shit.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by peter_dickinson

    So you want to insult Penn, and your big idea is to suggest he's gay? Classy bud, real classy.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I'd rather they be cast in a Grumpy Old Men prequel.

    by monolithik

    Zing! But I kid. If Penn's in a military movie, it must involve something highly conspiratorial. I like highly conspiratorial. Also, Batman.

  • moving at ah-da-da-dah mph...somebody better fucking take a photograph.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    hey [dioxholster]

    by schizoschizo

    The worst film you've ever seen? Hyperbole much?

  • May 10, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Is Sean Penn's daughter, I mean, girlfriend in this?

    by wackybantha

    I can't believe Scarjo is cool with the age difference. And I'm also jealous. (Of him, not her.) Damn you Penn!

  • May 10, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by Box_Bruceleitner

    I feel sorry for whoever will be in charge of the lighting on set, this could get ugly.

  • May 10, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Oh no, I'm not "classy" enough for aicn talkbacks

    by Mel

    lol by the way, I didn't suggest he was gay. i said he was convincing when he played a queer. if I was suggesting he was gay I would have said "the reason he made a convincing queer is because hes a total faggot" maybe you're the one with no "class"

  • May 10, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    And Mystic River is absolute and utter GARBAGE.

    by The Krypton Kid

    I rented that flick primed for a great film experience, but what I got was an over-acted, ham-fisted, wannabe tough piece of crap.

  • May 10, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn Has the Royal Jelly

    by jason

    guy's a douche? maybe, but I doubt he's posting on fanboy talkybackys like us's. Anyway, at the risk of elevating this circle jerk, I thought he was pretty convincing in Taps, and Casualties of War. Mind you, I didn't attend military school during the Cold War, and I didn't serve in an infantry platoon in Vietnam. Than again, I doubt any of you douches did. Some or most of you may be able to speak to his sausage hootin' role. Just sayin'.

  • May 10, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by The Krypton Kid

    Stop being such a sycophant. Penn is an arrogant douchebag with an over-inflated sense of his own significance. And he's a phony who uses various political causes to make himself seem like a thoughtful individual. It would be a good performance if he wasn't so smug. And no, I am not a conservative. I'm a moderate Democrat who voted for President Obama and anxiously looks forward to voting for him again. I just find Penn to be one of the schmucks who hurt the progressive cause.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Penn has more talent in his queer ass...

    by Happyfat73

    ... than melgibsoncalledmethenword has in HIS queer ass.</p> </p> Into the Wild was a bloody good film.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Penn is a great actor.

    by Sardonic

    Is he a hyper-liberal self-satisfied douche? Yup. But he's still good at acting, and when I go to watch movies, I don't care who the actor is in real life. I care about the character I'm seeing on the screen (assuming the actor MAKES me care, which Penn generally does).

  • May 10, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    I don't know if Penn is a phony as much as he is a narcissist

    by crazybubba

    incapable of real empathy. Mystic River was a great movie though.

  • -- you know, as in non-digital.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn

    by MegaBeth

    is a talented actor. But I hate his guts and will never see a movie he is in. I don't believe in what he stands for. And I won't support him because of it. Just like I wouldn't support a child molestor's movie even if it was "super bitchin'". I don't care what role he is in, I don't care what movie it is, Sean Penn will never be seen on my wide screen television. And there is NO WAY Penn will be in a movie that places the US military in even a remotely favorable light.

  • He did a hell of a lot more than other persons in the public spotlight.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Was he actually WRONG about the Iraq War?

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

  • May 10, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Although, I'll admit the Hugh Chavez thing was ehhhhhh....

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

  • May 10, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    He may be a prick in person, but at least he gave a shit about Haiti.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    As opposed to a certain blowhard on the radio who basically said "Fuck those people." No excuse.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I hated Mystic River.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Clint Eastwood is just so goddamn depressing.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Mystic River sucked


    I liked the Girl with da Dragon Tattoo. It was a little bit....muted, I guess, the tension maybe could have been ratcheted up somehow, but it was enjoyable.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    This will be political, which means a no-go for me.

    by IronEagle74

    Think about it. Sean Penn + story involving Afghanistan = political statement. I WILL NOT watch it if any politics are involved. If it's as described, a straight up revenge story, then I'll bite. But Sean Penn? A Spec Ops soldier? Isn't he kinda.....old?

  • May 10, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn isn't just political. He's an extremist.

    by IronEagle74

    I have nothing for extemists on the left or the right. The only true thinkers in this country are people who are more independent-minded, not the ones who align themselves with the far left or far right. Penn is on the far far far left, so far that he buddies up to the world's dictators. America isn't perfect, but I'll take our Constitutional Republic and Capitalism over dictatorships and socialism, which does nothing but make everyone equally poor.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    v'shale, no doubt an American(s) will have done it.

    by IronEagle74

    You see, Americans are all bad, and those poor Muslim terrorists(who we're not allowed to call terrorists anymore) are just victims of our tyranny. Oh crap, I called them Muslims too. Oops. Shame on me for not following the New World Order's code of conduct.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Actually, I'm quite a bit more talented than Sean Penn

    by Mel

    I'd tell you why, but unfortunately I say a lot of terrible things in these talkbacks and the last thing I need is for word to get out. I prefer being anonymous. I guarantee my trophy case is a lot more bloated than his - and I didn't have to make out with a dude to earn mine.

  • I certainly buy Penn as a member of the military after watching those films. He's an actor, i.e. he pretends to be things that he's not in real life. Sounds like you're confusing his real life persona with the characters he plays in movies.

  • You see, he's the typical American. The guy who lives a luxurious lifestyle and has no clue about how terrible it can be in other parts of the world. It doesn't matter what Bush's agenda was in Iraq - that country was in a terrible state and humans deserve better. Getting rid of Hussein is a step in the right direction. Sean Penn can't relate to misery because he fucked Madonna's hairy ass and rode the mediocre train to stardom because he can sit there and look miserable for 2 1/2 hours (and apparently that translates to good acting). Whatever happened to all those celebrities that said they were moving out of the US if Bush gets re-elected? None of them did it, did they? I guess maybe all those shitty countries we try to help don't look so good after all.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword, how many Oscars do you have?

    by jrb

    You did say "I guarantee my trophy case is a lot more bloated than his." Also, as bad a guy as Saddam was, do you think it was worth $3 trillion dollars and thousands of American lives?

  • May 10, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn? I'm out. Non-negotiable.

    by SmokingRobot

    Crazy people are one thing. Crazy hateful anti-American people...too depressing for me.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Agreed, jrb. Hussein wasn't the worst tyrant we've tolerated.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Or are we still pretending the war was about liberating those ppl or WMDs? Let's just be clear about something: Outside of our liberal vs conservative bickering, EVERYONE else in every other country in the world knows we were in the wrong to invade Iraq. How's that country doing now, btw?

  • May 10, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Penn as black ops sounds weird but

    by kafka07

    Penn and Bale together in an action/war film sounds damn intriguing.

  • May 10, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Penn is an over rated Cunt

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Or something like that

  • May 10, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by BSB

  • May 11, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    If it's a hit the sequel will be "The Penultimate Photograph"

    by rosasaks

  • May 11, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Penn comes across as a humorless prick...

    by ClancyWiggum

    ... and I really, really HATED him in Fair Game. Bale can also be a bit pretentious, but at least he has a sense of humor.

  • May 11, 2011, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Celebrities should always STFU about politics.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    It isn't a freedom of speech thing either. It's the fact that Joe Bob rambling about this or that is QUITE different from George Clooney or Sean Penn rambling about the same thing. One of them is going to reach a million times more ears and have a million more times influence over schmucks who can't think for themselves (like Harry, for example). Politics and religion should be highly personal instead of egotistically broadcast to everyone in the fucking world. I think it's an abuse of their status when they talk about politics. Like we should give a fuck what they think of Bush or how much of Obama's cock they sucked (like Krypton Kid).

  • May 11, 2011, 4:15 a.m. CST

    The same people who won't see a Penn movie

    by Amfpsych

    Are the morons who are angry with people who boycott Gibson movies. They don't want to take a stand against a guy who is a drunk, woman threatening, anti-Semite. However a guy who was on a canoe after Katrina deserves our wrath. And for the record I'll see any movie with Penn or Gibson if it's good.

  • May 11, 2011, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Remember when Bale was pegging Penn for the Joker back in 2005?

    by FuriousStyles

    Just saying is all. Nothing else here, move along.

  • May 11, 2011, 5:13 a.m. CST

    I don't see why celebrities should keep their politics quiet.

    by Happyfat73

    Celebrity is a currency that is valuable in the public arena of politics. It's just reality, folks. Now, you may agree or disagree with the politics - and you may agree or disagree with a celebrity's choice to spend that currency in the political arena – the consequences will be alienating some folks, and engaging with others. That's the trade off.</p> </p> It seems pretty axiomatic that politically minded celebrities tend to piss a lot of people off (mostly conservatives, as there seems to be more vocal liberal 'slebs than conservative ones) - and that's the risk they take by throwing their hat in the ring.</p> </p> Sean Penn and his ilk would probably have broader publc appeal if they kept their political views to themselves, but I can hardly fault someone for using their celebrity status as a platform to stand up for their principles - whether I agree with them or or not.</p> </p> How many folks here believe in something fervently and just wish they had a voice that could be heard about it? Heck, if the culture of celebrity has a single virtue, it's when celebrities lend their voices to worthy causes. It also happens that there's a fine line between a worthy cause and a rickety soapbox. Penn just often finds himself on the wrong side of that line.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST

    There's always so many fucking idiots who come out of the woodwork


    to bash Penn or whoever else. The fucking STUPIDEST shit it "he doesn't know how bad it is in the 3rd world, America, fuck ya!" This is the dumbest fucking thing to say, Jesus I'm so fucking sick of you fuckers. First of all he has the freedom of speech. Duh. So it's ironic of you to bash him for excersising his Consitutional rights, and then go on to say he's un-American. Fucking nit-wits. Fuck. Second of all, only a fucking toothless inbred shithead would look at America right now and say it's GREAT. It appears to be DECLINING you fuckers. Hey why's the economy so fucked up? Derrr I dunno maybe ONE reason is the trillions spend on the fucking military and war, increasing the dept into the stratosphere? alright before it turns into a wall of text, FUCK YOU!

  • May 11, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    sierratangofoxtrotuniform confirms the old adage...

    by The Krypton Kid

    Once a scumbag, always a scumbag. sierratangofoxtrotuniform, you are a true scumbag.

  • May 11, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Sean Penn is a first class jerk because if you disagree with him you are

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    ignorant, a hater, conservative, or whatever, and it's a case of he's right, and you're wrong no matter what you do or say. No of course I've never met him personally but if you look at all his interviews, speeches etc. then you know this is the case. Having said that I do think he is a great actor, but it is very hard for me to separate the actor from the character when I see him on screen.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Hopefully we're not getting another "Green Zone"

    by The_Lone_Wolf

    Where the twist was something we've known and suspected for years. I'm a liberal but Hollywood and politics don't mix. They were trying to pull one over on the audience by masking their liberal minded film as a military action thriller.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Sean Penn is fucking Scarlett Johanson...

    by Arafel

    ...which proves that he is a god who can do whatever he wants. I don't hate him, I want to be him.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    But will he go full retard?

    by Mistahtibbs

  • May 11, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Quiz time: What the hell movie am I thinking of?

    by spacehog

    I saw a movie a few years back on cable, and I remember it so vaguely that it's proven impossible to identify. All I remember is that a fairly big, somewhat older star—I'd swear it was Penn but I can't find it in his IMDB profile—has a small role, as a super-rich guy who lives on a huge plane with other super-rich people. The plane is almost constantly in the air. The only time we really see this character is when he's narrating these letters he's written to the main character or characters, gazing thoughtfully out a window and talking breezily about how he's escaping life or avoiding his past or something. I know the "rich guy on a plane that never lands" is straight out of "Contact" but I promise this is a completely different movie. Am I just making this up?

  • May 11, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Casualties of War. Penn was great as military douche

    by Knobules

    I cant stand the guy outside of his acting. Can you imagine getting stuck on cross country roadtrip with that guy in the car? Just a barometer for how tolerable someone is. After 6 minutes you would scream STFU and throw him out.

  • May 11, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I agree with moosemalloy

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I thought this was about the last photo ever to be taken. After reading the tired synopsis I wish it were.

  • May 11, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Sean penn might come across like an old bore in real life

    by alan_poon

    but to suggest the man can't act is fucking ludicrous. He even managed to upstage Pacino in Carlito's Way. I worry about some of you people, I really do.

  • May 11, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Good. Maybe they'll kill each other...

    by Jeditemple


  • May 11, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    One thing going for him...

    by mjgtexas

    Aimee Mann is his sister-in-law. And I bet she would probably tell him he's a douche and the turkey is not for him.

  • May 11, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    I bet Sean Penn cried when Osama bin Laden was killed...

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • May 11, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn eh? Turns out Bush did it.

    by Fandude7

    Don't get me wrong. I'll give credit where credit is due. Sean penn is a good actor and a good director. some of his movies are stupid and some are really cool. That said, he is somewhat psychotic when it comes to politics. Hanging around with Chavez should be a no no. I'd like to see him direct another movie though.

  • May 12, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Penn + Bale=Prick's Convention

    by Genius

  • I bet you do.

  • He will fucking lose it.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Um, yeah

    by Genius

    "Damn, would love to see these two actors together!" I bet you would.