Willem Dafoe has boarded Relativity Media's thriller Out of the Furnace. He joins a cast which includes Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson and Forest Whitaker.

The film follows an ex-con who attempts to blend into his new surroundings in an Indiana town, but is haunted by a figure from his past. Scott Cooper is directing from his own original screenplay.

The project started shooting this month and is set for release in 2013.