The project is written and directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”).
According to the Relativity’s press release, the film is about fate, circumstance and redemption. The protagonist Russell and his younger brother lives in the economically depressed Rust Belt, and 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.
Bale will play the older brother Russell Baze with Affleck as the younger brother Rodney Baze Jr. Saldana will play Russell’s love interest Lena Warren and Shepard will play Red, their uncle.
“This is a meaty script with characters as strong as they are complex, and we needed powerhouse actors who complement the story. Christian, Casey, Zoe and Sam each approach everything they do with heart and conviction. We can’t wait to see what each of them brings to this film,” says Tucker Tooly, Relativity Media’s co-president.
Producing are Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar) and Jennifer Killoran (The Ides of March) alongside Scott Free’s Ridley Scott (The Grey), Tony Scott (Man on Fire) and Michael Costigan (American Gangster) as well as Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter).
The production will start in Braddock, Pennsylvania this month.
Source: Relativity Media's press release