Relativity Media's gritty drama Out of the Furnace has gained three new cast members. The studio reports that Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight Rises), Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford), Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Sam Shepard (Safe House) have been set to star as the lead roles. The film is written and directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).
Bale will star as older brother Russell Baze in the film alongside Affleck who will play the role of younger brother Rodney Baze Jr. Saldana has also been cast as Bale's love interest Lena Warren and Shepard will play Red, Russell and Rodney Baze’s uncle.
Production is set to begin in Braddock, Pennsylvania later this month.
Relativity Media will release the film theatrically in the U.S. Red Granite, the Los Angeles based film production, finance and international sales company has acquired foreign rights outside of the U.S. and will handle international sales. Red Granite International President Danny Dimbort and Co-President Christian Mercuri will begin shopping the film to buyers in Cannes next month.
In making the announcement, Tooley said, "This is a meaty script with characters as strong as they are complex, and we needed powerhouse actors who complement the story. Christian, Casey, Zoe and Sam each approach everything they do with heart and conviction. We can’t wait to see what each of them brings to this film," says Tooley.
The film is a drama about fate, circumstance, and redemption. Russell and his younger brother live in the economically depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.
Producing are Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran alongside Scott Free’s Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Michael Costigan as well as Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.
I loved Crazy Heart and am excited to see more of Cooper's work on screen. On top of that the cast is superb, so I am going to see this in theaters. Does this sound like a movie you would want to see in theaters?