Christian Bale has pulled out of playing Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann’s upcoming biopic due to concerns about the drastic weight gain required for the role.
A film on the life of Ferrari has been in the works for many years, and production is due to start this spring.
Bale had been due to take the title role and work with Mann once again following 2009’s Public Enemies, but has now quit according to a report from Deadline.
“The start date of spring this year was simply too soon for the Big Short actor to get that out of shape again,” the report states.
Bale has previously had to deal with drastic weight loss and gain for his roles. The British actor lost 60 pounds for The Machinist in 2004 and also put on 50 pounds for 2013’s American Hustle.
In spite of Bale’s departure, the film reportedly remains firmly on track as Mann looks to move quickly to find a new lead actor.
Motorsport has enjoyed a great amount of exposure in the film industry over the past few years. Following the success of Senna, the battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt for the 1976 Formula 1 title was profiled in Rush before the documentary film 1: Life On The Limit came out in 2013.