Bale is playing charismatic rogue McGee, a Floridian sleuth and salvage consultant who is always getting into deeper water than he intends with dangerous women and very bad men.
The Deep Blue Good-By represents the first of the McGee books, and with 21 tomes in MacDonald's series so far, 20th Century Fox will be hoping this one has legs so it can make more. After a somewhat torturous development process, Mangold is set in the director's chair, working from a script that has seen input from Dennis Lehane (The Drop) and Scott Frank (Minority Report).
As for who Pike, Peltz and Dinklage will be playing? Their roles have yet to be revealed, though following his driven, antagonistic turn in X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014), part of us hopes he will be causing trouble for Bale.
Dinklage will be back on our screens as Tyrion in Game Of Thrones next month, and crops up in Chris Columbus' (Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets) Pixels which lands on 12 August. Peltz has also worked on Kevin Asch's (Holly Rollers) Affluenza and is set to shoot drama Low Riders.