Sam Shepard has joined Scott Cooper's Out Of The Furnace, aka The Low Dweller according to THR
Brad Ingelsby's script follows Slim (Christian Bale), a recently released con who just wants to live quietly and marry his long-time girlfriend (Zoe Saldana). When his brother (Casey Affleck) is murdered he swears to track down and punish those responsible.
Shepard plays the uncle of the brothers--a role that Robert Duvall was the top contender to play.
Forest Whitaker would play a sleazy bookie involved in the death, Billy Bob Thornton would play the main villain--a role that Viggo Mortensen was circling.
Back in 2008 the script was highly sought after attracting directors like Rupert Sanders and Ridley Scott as well as actor Mark Wahlberg.
Scott his brother Tony Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran will produce, with Brooklyn Weaver is executive producing.