President of international sales Danny Dimbort and co-president Christian Mercuri will begin talks with buyers in Cannes on Scott Cooper’s gritty follow-up to Crazy Heart. Relativity Media holds US rights.

Sam Shepard has joined Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana on the story of an ex-con whose brother has got caught up with a violent crime gang.

Production on Out Of The Furnace is set to begin production in April in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

Leonardo DiCaprio is producing through his Appian Way with Jennifer Killoran, alongside Scott Free’s Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Michael Costigan as well as Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.

“This is a meaty script with characters as strong as they are complex, and we needed powerhouse actors who complement the story,” Relativity co-president Tucker Tooley said. “Christian, Casey, Zoe and Sam each approach everything they do with heart and conviction.