Christian Bale is getting out of director Michael Mann’s long-gestating Enzo Ferrari.
The actor is stepping aside after health concerns over the weight gain necessary to play the iconic carmaker.
Mann is moving fast to re-cast the plum role and is currently speaking to some heavyweight actors.
While Bale’s exit is a blow, the project remains very much on track, with Paramount distributing in most territories. The combination of Mann, subject matter and role should lend itself to finding another top actor shortly, according to a news agency.