Briefly: Zoe Saldana (Avatar) is in talks to join Out of the Furnance, a gritty-revenge tale from writer/director Scott Cooper (Crazy Horse), which stars Christian Bale in the lead role, reports Variety.

Variety reports:

Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”) is writing and directing the gritty throwback to 1970s movies that’s based on Brad Ingelsby’s script “The Low Dweller.” Story follows an ex-con bent on avenging the death of his younger brother as soon as he’s released from prison.

Saldana is in talks to play Bale’s ex-wife, a waitress who’s now married to the town sheriff. Robert Duvall is expected to play Bale’s uncle and Viggo Mortensen is circling the role of the villain, while several thesps remain in the mix to play Bale’s brother.

We reported on the Bale casting back in February. We’ll be sure to monitor this film as it nears production. Are you intrigued?