Woody Harrelson in Talks to for Villain Role Opposite Christian Bale in OUT OF THE FURNACE April 10, 2012 Harrelson may reunite take villain role. The casting for Scott Cooper’s ‘Out of the Furnace’ has been top notch so far, and that is not about to change, as Variety reports that Woody Harrelson has entered negotiations to play the villain opposite Christian Bale in the revenge thriller ‘Out of the Furnace.’ Scripted by Brad Ingelsby, the film is a drama about fate, circumstance, and redemption. Russell Baze (Bale) and his younger brother, 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. Harrelson would be taking the role of Curtis DeGroat, the villain Bale’s character is seeking vengeance against. Viggo Mortensen (‘A Dangerous Method’) and Billy Bob Thornton (‘Bad Santa’) were previously linked to the part. Casey Affleck is attached to play the younger brother, Rodney Baze Jr., while Zoe Saldana is set to play Bale’s love interest. Sam Shepard (‘Blackthorn,’ ‘Brothers’) also co-stars, taking the role of Red, Russell and Rodney Baze’s uncle.