Relativity Media confirms Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana will star in ‘Out of the Furnace'


PITTSBURGH - It was expected that some of Hollywood’s biggest stars would be coming to Pittsburgh this month to start filming a new movie, and on Thursday Relativity Media confirmed it.

Relativity Media has closed deals with Oscar-winner Christian Bale, Oscar-nominated Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana and Oscar-nominated Sam Shepard to star as the lead roles in the upcoming gripping and gritty drama currently titled “Out of the Furnace,” written and directed by the critically-acclaimed Scott Cooper.

The news was announced Thursday by Relativity’s Co-President Tucker Tooley.

In making the announcement, 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.”

Bale will star as older brother Russell Baze in the film alongside Affleck, who will play the role of younger brother Rodney Baze Jr. Saldana has been cast as Bale’s love interest, Lena Warren, and Shepard will play Red, Russell and Rodney Baze’s uncle.

Production is set to begin in Braddock later this month.