Deadline reports that Sean Penn is circling the lead role in The Last Photograph which will also star Christian Bale. The film is based on a concept that was developed by Zack Snyder and screenwriter Kurt Johnstad (300, Xerxes) which will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). Zack and his wife Deborah will produce along with Joel Silver moving from Warner Bros. to Dark Castle.
"Bale plays a war correspondent who witnesses and is the only survivor of an attack on a group of Americans. Penn is circling the role of a retired ex-special ops soldier who comes to the scene determined to free a family member who has been kidnapped. The journalist agrees to help identify the kidnappers and travel the rough terrain to find them, in exchange for the story. The road brings them in confrontation with tribal regions of Afghanistan, and none of the diplomats will help."