Christian Bale, Scott Cooper Tackling Western Drama 'Hostiles'

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Christian Bale and Scott Cooper

Cooper last directed the Johnny Depp crime drama 'Black Mass.'

Christian Bale and Scott Cooper are teaming up for Western drama Hostiles.

Bale will star in the film which Cooper, who directed the actor in 2013's Out of the Furnace, will helm. The plan is to shoot this summer.

Jon Lesher is producing, as is Ken Kao. Waypoint Entertainment is financing the indie pic.

The story centers on a Native American-hating soldier, nearing retirement, who is given one last assignment: to escort an Indian chief back to his Montana reservation. In the process, which includes coming across a young widow and fighting back attacks by Comanche tribes, he learns to respect the race he hates.

The screenplay was penned by late scribe Donald Stewart, who won an Oscar for co-writing the 1982 Jack Lemmon drama Missing and also worked on The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Patriot Games (1992). Cooper rewrote the script.

Bale is riding the awards circuit with his nomination for best supporting actor for his work in The Big Short.  

Cooper last directed the Johnny Depp crime drama Black Mass.

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