Sean Penn and Christian Bale (henceforth known as "The Laff Brigade") have signed on to star in The Last Photograph, directed by Niels Arden Oplev, helmer of the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Zack Snyder is also producing, so anyone who wanted to Sean Penn shirtless in front of a giant wolf or something: this may be your only chance.

The character descriptions and plot sound like they call for some weighty performances, and I can't think of two actors better equipped to handle them than Penn and Bale. Bale will play the sole survivor of an attack against a group of Americans, while Penn is slated to play an ex-special ops soldier who gets back in the game to rescue a kidnapped relative. Bale offers his assistance in exchange for the story, and thus a partnership is made.

Production on the film won't start until 2012, due to Bale's involvement in The Dark Knight Rises. I would say that gives both actors plenty of time to work on their pouty faces, but they've already got them nailed down. (Deadline)