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.