First Look: Christian Bale in ‘Out of the Furnace’

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Christian Bale stars in the gritty thriller Out of the Furnace. (Appian Way)

Christian Bale has been known to be a bit of a hot head. Just a bit. His affinity for heat will come in handy with his portrayal of a steel worker who works in a blast furnace in Out of the Furnace.

Director Scott Cooper refers to Bale’s superhero days as Batman, telling USA Today, “You often find superheroic people wearing capes and costumes in film today. But working-class Americans are the real heroes.”

Scott Cooper directs Saldena and Bale. (Appian Way)

Scott Cooper directs Zoe Saldana and Christian Bale. (Appian Way)

Bale plays Russell Baze who’s brother has gone missing. The local police are of little help so Baze takes it upon himself to lead the search.

Bale is joined on screen by Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott producing.

Watch the trailer here:

The film is set to hit U.S. theaters on December 6, 2013 and November 29, 2013 in the UK.

The sparks make us think of the 1983 movie Flashdance ... but,   we're guessing the two films are totally different. (Appian Way)

The sparks make us think of the 1983 movie Flashdance … minus the dancing.

What are your expectations?