'Hunger Games' thesp will take on villain role in Relativity crime drama

Woody Harrelson, currently starring in Lionsgate’s blockbuster “The Hunger Games,” is in negotiations to play the villain in Relativity Media’s crime drama “Out of the Furnace.”

Scott Cooper is writing and directing the pic, which stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleck as brothers, with the latter thesp lured into a violent crime ring when a cruel twist of fate lands the former in prison.

Harrelson is in talks to play Curtis DeGroat, the ringleader who Bale’s character winds up seeking vengeance against. Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard are set to co-star as Bale’s love interest and his uncle, respectively.

Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran are producing with Scott Free’s Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Michael Costigan, as well as Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment is exec producing.

Red Granite is handling international sales after acquiring foreign rights to “Furnace,” which will be shopped to buyers in Cannes next month. Production is skedded to start later this month in Braddock, Penn.

Harrelson, who plays Haymitch Abernathy in “Hunger Games” and will reprise the role in next year’s sequel “Catching Fire,” is coming off an acclaimed turn as a conflicted cop in Oren Moverman’s “Rampart.” Thesp recently wrapped Summit’s magician heist pic “Now You See Me” and will soon be seen in Martin McDonagh’s “Seven Psychopaths,” which CBS Films opens Nov. 2.

Harrelson is repped by CAA.

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