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Willem Dafoe Gets 'Out Of The Furnace' With Christian Bale

by Benjamin Wright
April 27, 2012 10:22 AM
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Willem Dafoe

Talk about having an impressive ensemble. “Crazy Heart” helmer Scott Cooper has already lined up a remarkable array of players for "Out of the Furnace," his first directorial effort since his breakout hit landed actor Jeff Bridges a Best Actor Oscar. The Black List-approved script is set in Indiana in 1986 and follows Slim (Christian Bale), recently released from prison, who intends to marry his girlfriend (Zoe Saldana) but instead is drawn into a quest for revenge when his brother (Casey Affleck) is murdered after getting involved in the gambling racket. This supposedly “No Country For Old Men”-like picture also has Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson and Forest Whitaker, and has now added one more exceptional thespian to the mix.

Willem Dafoe, a talent who requires no introduction, is joining the cast in this gritty tale based on a script initially by Brad Inglesby that was titled “The Low Dwellers." There are little details on who exactly Dafoe will play, but it’s a character named John Petty, so perhaps Black List mavens can tip us on what that is. But from bringing his crazed and enthralling performances to tentpoles like “Spider-Man” and Oliver Stone’s “Platoon,” Dafoe has done it all. You can catch him in the recent eco-thriller “The Hunter” and in all his CGI motion capture glory in “John Carter.” Around the corner, he's got roles in the Stephen Sommers-directed “Odd Thomas” with Anton Yelchin, along with a role opposite Michelle Monaghan and Stephen Dorff in “Tomorrow You're Gone." But no word yet if he'll reteam with Lars von Trier for his two-part sex epic “The Nymphomaniac" (he's already been offered a part).

"Out of the Furnace" is now in front of cameras, and yes, we'll looking forward to it as much as you are.

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  • jingmei | April 27, 2012 10:33 AMReply

    He's pretty occupied to play kinda quirky roles.

  • David | April 27, 2012 10:31 AMReply

    Bale's character is now named Russell Baze and nor Slim. Cooper changed all the character names, location and most of the plot so it's hard to tell which characters they're playing in the first draft.

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