A new report details that former Batman actor Christian Bale is in talks to star in Thor: Love and Thunder alongside Chris Hemsworth.
The report comes from Collider, who offer no details other than Bale is in talks to join the film. Jeff Sneider writes, “Bale’s role is being kept under wraps.”
While the report doesn’t mention what role Bale will play, folks took to Twitter to suggest or at the very least wish he will play Beta Ray Bill.
Somebody tell Christian Bale they’ll do Beta Ray Bill digitally before he starts working out how to actually become a Space Horse pic.twitter.com/wZXnhMzWMo
— Beta Ray Bills (@Avalangelist) January 6, 2020
Christian Bale can do absolutely anything, therefore he can play a horse faced man.
Cast this man as Beta Ray Bill! pic.twitter.com/0AroZNgqpk
— Declan Mckinney (@DeclanMckinney) January 6, 2020
Christian Bale as BETA RAY BILL?!
I know it’s not confirmed yet, but BETA RAY BILL! pic.twitter.com/nNX41gfk24
— Protec Volleyball (Tweeting about Zim Boi) (@HubPie3) January 6, 2020
For those unaware, Beta Ray Bill is a Space Alien in the Marvel Comics that is worthy of wielding Thor’s Mijolnir, and in the comics is the true wielder of Stormbreaker
The reason he’s trending is Christian Bale will be in Thor’s “Love and Thunder” and EVERYONE wants him as Bill pic.twitter.com/IgfzE4AQ8d
— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) January 6, 2020
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Beta Ray Bill is no stranger to the MCU. The character’s image did appear in Thor: Ragnarok. You can see his face on the side of Grandmaster’s Tower indicating he was a past champion of the Grandmaster.
Related: Beta Ray Bill Cut from Thor: Ragnarok – Kevin Feige Explains Why!
Not only was there an Easter Egg to Beta Ray Bill in Thor: Ragnarok, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige indicated a live-action version of the character was actually cut from the film.
“There was a Beta Ray Bill, but it was so quick that you would have the same complaints that you have now. He was in it a little bit more and it just didn’t do justice. And the feeling is, if you can’t do it justice, do it later.”
Rumor: Marvel Studios Developing Thor Spin-off Series Journey Into Mystery for MCU
While Beta Ray Bill was cut from Thor: Ragnarok, a recent rumor indicates Marvel Studios is working on developing a Disney Plus series called Journey Into Mystery.
That rumor indicated Beta Ray Bill would be introduced in the show and would be the focus of a number of the story arcs.
Related: Rumor: Lady Sif Disney+ TV Series in Development
A previous rumor in May indicated Marvel was developing a Lady Sif series that would also introduce Beta Ray Bill.
Thor: Love and Thunder will star Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.
The film is directed by Thor: Ragnarok’s director Taika Waititi. The movie is expected to hit theaters on November 5, 2021.
Do you think if this report regarding Christian Bale is true that he will play Beta Ray Bill or do you think there is another character he could be playing?