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Christian Bale eyed for Travis McGee role

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Christian Bale has committed to his fair share of non-native accents, from Western Pennsylvania Appalachian to, well, Batman. But now the Welsh actor might have to consider adopting a Floridian way of speaking if he agrees to star as the tough-as-nails Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Good-By. According to Variety, Bale is in early talks to join the James D. MacDonald adaptation.

Published in 1964, The Deep Blue Good-By is the first of a 21-book series following “salvage consultant” McGee on his adventures and skirmishes throughout Fort Lauderdale as he reclaims items, and sometimes people, for all kinds of seedy clients. Rod Taylor played the “professional beach bum” in 1970’s Darker Than Amber and Sam Elliott took on the role in a 1983 TV movie, simply called Travis McGee.

James Mangold, who directed Bale in 3:10 to Yuma, recently signed on to helm the project for Chernin Entertainment, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, and 20th Century Fox. Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay for the the long-in-the-works adaptation, which has gone through a number of screenwriters already. But there doesn’t seem to be any set timeline for the project, which is seen as a potential franchise for Fox.

Reps for Fox and Bale did not immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment.