Principal photography is starting on “Crazy Heart” writer-director Scott Cooper’s thriller “Out of the Furnace.” Christian Bale and Casey Affleck play two brothers living in the economically depressed Rust Belt who find themselves lured into a violent crime ring. Woody Harrelson is a brutal crime boss; Forest Whitaker plays the Sheriff of Braddock; Zoe Saldana is Bale’s love interest and Shepard plays the uncle of the two brothers.
Cooper, whose debut “Crazy Heart” earned Jeff Bridges his Oscar in 2010, will film in Braddock and Rankin, Pennsylvania. The plot is similar to Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” follow-up, “Only God Forgives” (with Ryan Gosling).
Relativity will handle the US release while Red Granite will handle foreign distribution–and will sell the film next month at Cannes. Also producing with Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh are Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran and Scott Free’s Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Michael Costigan.