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Bale, Zahn to star in ‘Rescue Dawn’

Christian Bale and Steve Zahn are set to star in Werner Herzog’s “Rescue Dawn,” an action-drama based on the German auteur’s acclaimed 1977 documentary “Little Dieter Needs to Fly.” Shooting is set to begin next month in Thailand. The indie film tells the real-life story of U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler, a German-American shot down and captured in Laos during the Vietnam War. Dengler, to be played by Bale, organized a death-defying escape for a small band of POWs, including Duane Martin (Zahn).”Rescue Dawn” marks the first time Herzog has directed a feature since 2001’s “Invincible.” In addition to “Rescue,” he’s also on board to direct an untitled soccer feature.

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