Hollywood superstar Christian Bale has passed up the chance to play legendary sportscar manufacturer and Formula 1 team boss Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann’s upcoming movie blockbuster, citing health concerns.
Former Batman star Bale, who has been nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Big Short, is believed to have pulled out of the role due to the weight-gain process required to play the part of Ferrari.
According to multiple sources in Hollywood, Bale didn’t feel comfortable with the timeframe to gain the weight – despite his renowned bodyshape fluctuations for films such as The Machinist and American Hustle.
He would have played Ferrari in period from 1957, when the automotive entrepreneur faced crucial decisions over how his marque was to develop.
Production is set to start in the Spring, leaving director Mann in a race against time to fill his lead role.
The film is based on a screenplay based on Brock Yates’s book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races.
Mann has been working on the project for 15 years, initially alongside the late Sydney Pollack and with Al Pacino cast in the role.