'Batman Begins' star Christian Bale is to play the lead role in German director Werner Herzog's new film 'Rescue Dawn'.

Production Weekly reports that the film, which also stars Steve Zahn ('Sahara'), tells the story of a pilot (Bale) who must escape from a prisoner of war camp.

The film is scheduled to be shot in Thailand, with pre-production to start next month.

'Batman Begins' opens in Irish cinemas on 26 June.