Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper signed up to direct Out Of The Furnace well over a year ago, and even by that point the script had been doing the rounds for quite a while, going through the hands of Ridley Scott and others. However now things are finally coming together, with Cooper busy putting the cast together.
Christian Bale and Zoe Saldana are already attached, and now Deadline reports that Billy Bob Thornton and Forest Whitaker are in talks to join them, playing lowlife characters. The movie is about an ex-con (Bale) who goes on a vengeful rampage right after his release from prison, in order to avenge the murder of his younger brother. Saldana is set to play Bale’s long-suffering girlfriend. Viggo Mortensen was said to be in line for the main villain role, but he’s now apparently passed, as that’s the part Thornton is being lined up for, while Whitaker will be a sleazy bookie.
Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) is directing Out of the Furnace from his own script, which is based on Brad Ingelsby’s screenplay, The Low Dweller. Production is due to start fairly soon, as Bale wants to slot it in before he sets off on a promotional press tour for The Dark Knight Rises, and then goes to work for Terrence Malick on a couple of movies.