‘Out of the Furnace' trailer released; Movie filmed in Pittsburgh area

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PITTSBURGH —

The trailer of “Out of the Furnace” was just released, as the movie will premiere nationwide next month.

The film was shot in the Pittsburgh area after director Scott Cooper read an article about Braddock, Pa.  Cooper said he was inspired by Mayor John Fetterman’s work in the community and decided to use the borough as a backdrop for the film.

The film, starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard, began production in April 2012 and wrapped up in June 2012.

The majority of filming took place in Braddock.  Additional filming happened in Imperial, Rankin and Raccoon Creek State Park.  WPXI’s Carly Noel and Rob Johnston were on the set for a shoot at Raccoon Creek State Park.  While they were there, Willem Dafoe filmed scenes, and Cooper talked to Noel about the film.

Watch the video of WPXI on the set.

“Out of the Furnace” includes extras from the Pittsburgh area, including WPXI intern Miranda Costa, who can be seen in one of the trailers just released.

According to IMDB, the film is about a man, Russell, and his younger brother, Rodney, who live in the economically depressed Rust Belt.  They 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.

“Out of the Furnace” was written by Cooper and Brad Ingelsby.  It was produced by Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film will be released on Dec. 6.