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Relativity Starts Shooting Scott Cooper's 'Out Of The Furnace' with Bale, Affleck, Saldana & Shepard

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 15, 2012 at 12:37AM

Principal photography is starting on "Crazy Heart" writer-director Scott Cooper's currently titled 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.
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Affleck and Bale for "Out of the Furnace"
Affleck and Bale for "Out of the Furnace"

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.