Due to being the artistic meth that’s inspired Terrence Malick’s newly frantic production slate, Christian Bale has been forced to back out of those previously announced plans to star in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, committing instead to remaining with Malick until the director finishes his next two back-to-back films or the sun dies out, whichever comes first. While this means that audiences will be denied whatever fun, grueling physical transformation Bale had in mind to play the Bible’s jaunty sailorman—like, for example, having his skin replaced with full-grain leather—Variety reports that Aronofsky has already moved on to the similarly very in-demand actor Michael Fassbender. Fassbender, of course, is currently demonstrating he has no problem with nudity in Shame, so that bodes well for the big “drunk in the tent” scene, and even better, animals really, really love him.