Following his celebrated performances as the costumed hero Batman, Christian Bale becomes a different kind of vigilante in the first trailer for Out of the Furnace. Director Scott Cooper returns with his follow-up to 2009's Crazy Heart, centering on Russell Baze (Christian Bale) a steelworker who takes the law into his own hands when his brother (Casey Affleck) goes missing, shortly after returning home from the Iraq War. Take a look at the first footage from this potential Oscar candidate, in theaters December 6.

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From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell's brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so - with nothing left to lose - Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother. The impressive cast of Christian Bale and Casey Affleck are rounded out by Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard and Willem Dafoe.