In OUT OF THE FURNACE Scott Cooper, critically-acclaimed for his directorial debut CRAZY HEART, tells the story of two disparate brothers. Russel Bale (Christian Bale) has a rough life working in the local steel mill and caring for his terminally ill father. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, the younger one gets involved in illegal street fights and mysteriously disappears. At that point Russel is forced to put his life on the line to seek justice for his brother. The impressive cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard.