Relativity Media and writer-director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) have put together a truly mouth-watering cast for their upcoming revenge drama ‘Out of the Furnace.’ The studio has closed deals with Christian Bale (The Fighter, upcoming The Dark Knight Rises), Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford), Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Sam Shepard (Safe House) to play the lead roles in the upcoming gritty drama.

Christian Bale will star as older brother Russell Baze in the film alongside Casey Affleck who will play the role of younger brother Rodney Baze Jr. Zoe Saldana has been cast as Bale’s love interest Lena Warren and Sam Shepard will play Red, Russell and Rodney Baze’s uncle. The film is a drama about fate, circumstance, and redemption. Russell and his younger brother live in the economically depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast – a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. Production is set to begin in Braddock, Pennsylvania later this month.

Relativity Media will release the ‘Out of the Furnace’ theatrically in the US. Red Granite, the Los Angeles based film production, finance and international sales company has acquired foreign rights outside of the US and will handle international sales. Red Granite International President Danny Dimbort and Co-President Christian Mercuri will begin shopping the film to buyers in Cannes next month. Producing are Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran alongside Scott Free’s Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Michael Costigan as well as Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.

In making the announcement, Relativity’s Co-President, Tucker Tooley, said, “This is a meaty script with characters as strong as they are complex, and we needed powerhouse actors who complement the story. Christian, Casey, Zoe and Sam each approach everything they do with heart and conviction. We can’t wait to see what each of them brings to this film.”