Deadline reports that Affleck has taken the pole position to play Christian Bale's brother in Scott Cooper's "Out Of The Furnace." Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Channing Tatum were apparently all in the mix, but frankly, the better man seems to have won out. The Black List script was penned by Brad Ingelsby, and follows Slim (Bale), recently released from prison, who intends to marry his girlfriend but instead is drawn into a quest for revenge when his brother is murdered after getting involved in the gambling racket. Affleck will play the brother who meets a grisly end.
This project is getting assembled fast as Bale only has an open calendar until the summer, when he switches over to the upcoming Terrence Malick two-fer "Lawless" and "Knight Of Cups." Earlier today, Zoe Saldana joined 'Furnace' as Slim's ex-wife, so that cast is looking very good. More to come soon, we're sure.