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Woody Harrelson Set to Face Christian Bale in 'Out of the Furnace'

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April 10, 2012
Source: Variety

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The sibling duo in the new thriller Out of the Furnace has already been locked down with Christian Bale and Casey Affleck playing brothers in the new film from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. The story follows follows a man named Slim (Bale) who, upon release from years in prison for murder, just wants to keep his promise to marry his girlfriend. However, his path changes when he seeks revenge once he learns his brother (Affleck) was murdered after getting involved in some gambling racket. Now Variety reports Woody Harrelson will play Curtis DeGroat, the ringleader who Bale ends up seeking vengeance against.

Harrelson has been quite the bad-ass as of late. Between Zombieland in 2009, his Oscar-worthy turn as a corrupt cop in Rampart, a helpful mentor role in The Hunger Games, and a promising turn in the dark comedic thriller Seven Psychopaths, Harrelson really is back on his A-game. The match-up of Harrelson as a villain to Bale's protagonist is one that sounds like it could be quite dramatic. The crime drama is easily one of my more anticipated films in development, and that's only helped by the fact that the story comes from an original script by Cooper himself, and he's rounded up an amazing cast to bring it to life. Good?

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  • Spider
    Fantastic news! This is yet, another plum role for Harrelson! He may, even steal  the flick from Bale! 
    • http://twitter.com/MoviePass MoviePass
      Agreed! Especially if Woody is the villain in the movie. Christian Bale has no choice but to bow down to Woody, similar to the way Heath ledger stole the show in 'The Dark Knight.' http://blog.moviepass.com
  • LosZombies
    I can hear it already. *Batman voice*"WHERE IS HE!?"lol
    • Isildur_of_Numenor
      "SOMEONE KNOWS WHERE HE IS!" lol never gets old. What a cast! This can't disappoint. Please don't disappoint. 
      • JL
        "HE MUST HAVE FRIENDSSSSSS!"
        • LosZombies
          "SWEAR TO MEEEE!!!"
          • JL
            "DO-I-LOOK-LIKE-A-COP?!"
  • Voice of Reason
    Even Harrelsons role in 'No Country for Old Men' was a solid performance; dude's a great actor and deserves a solid career.
    • son_et_lumiere
      agreed, it was a smaller role, but important. the man he has real skills and genuine talent. having him go toe to toe with Bale in this sounds absolutely terrific, count me in. i met Harrelson once after a theatre performance. the word i would use to describe him would be 'shifty'. there's a similar edge, and edginess, to many of his roles, too. he's always very watchable, even when his character is less than pleasant, something he and Bale have in common.
  • Xerxexx
    Awesome.
  • Franklin_Carpio
    I'm filming this friday with Christian Bale in a prison scene in West Virginia... I believe it's this movie since it's IN a prison and has Christian Bale... The person who contacted me about the extra gig said the script was very good "Oscar" worthy. Hopefully it's as good as she says it is
  • peloquin
    I'd say that his work in Game Change was a lot more Oscar worthy than Rampart.  I really disliked his character in Rampart and I had such high hopes too.
    • GregDinskisk
       You weren't exactly supposed to like his character... And he did an amazing job in it.
  • SuicidalOptimist
    Oh. My. God. YES!!! I'm at work so I'm screaming on the inside.
  • noname
    I'm excited for this one too!  But it's not an original screenplay by Cooper.  It's actually by a blacklisted script by Brad Inglesby (originally titled The Low Dweller).  

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