Woody Harrelson must have a pretty great agent. After dropping off the map for a while, he had somewhat of a career resurgence with Zombieland a few years ago, and has steadily been working since. After his scene-stealing turn as Haymitch Abernathy in Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games, it looks like Harrelson has another great project lined up. Variety says he’s in negotiations to play the villain in Scott Cooper’s upcoming revenge thriller Out of the Furnace. Details below.
Out of the Furnace stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleck as two brothers in the Rust Belt, one of whom goes to jail while the other gets involved with a ruthless gang. When Bale’s character gets out of prison, he must decide whether to stay out of trouble, or go after the people who messed with his brother. Harrelson is in talks to play Curtis DeGroat, the leader of the gang. Zoe Saldana will play Bale’s love interest and Sam Shepard is set as his uncle.
Sounds like another opportunity for some scenery chewing for Harrelson, who really thrives in supporting roles like this one. I’m really excited about this movie – not only because of the cast (which is great, obviously), but because Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper is both writing the script and directing here. This sounds like a hell of a second feature film, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.