Oscar Contenders

'Out of the Furnace' Pushed into the Thick of Oscar Season

Premiering at the end of November

Relativity has pushed writer/director Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace from an October 4 release smack dab into the middle of Oscar season with a limited November 27 platform release with expansion beginning on December 6. Coming from the director of Crazy Heart the film has Oscar potential written all over it with a cast that includes Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard.

Here's the synopsis:

From the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart comes a gripping and gritty dramatic thriller about fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell (Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Affleck) live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and 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.

Here's a teaser poster, and I expect we'll get an actual trailer soon.

Out of the Furnace poster
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  • Bertram J. Krogh

    I can easily see this being a major acting contender.