BRADDOCK (KDKA) — Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars will soon call Braddock home as they begin to film “Out of the Furnace” Monday.
Friday afternoon, crews worked to turn an empty building into a daycare which will be used when stars like Christian Bale, Forest Whitaker, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana begin shooting.
The film is described as a gritty, dramatic thriller set in a mill town rebounding after a devastating slump.
Mayor John Fetterman says Braddock is the perfect setting.
“I think it can only be a good thing to have people in those circles experience the hospitality of the area but also see the challenges that we face here in the Mon Valley and bring more attention and resources to the region,” he said.
Even the youngest Braddock natives say they’re excited to see the community come together to promote their town.
“There’s still something here – joy here, you know, love here, you know, things that bring people back together,” Jakeem Booker said.
The other benefit is boost to the local economy as the cast and crew uses the city’s amenities.
“Hotel rentals, car rentals, people buying food and it can be for six months long, hotels, everything you can think of, so it just gives Pittsburgh business,” Aaron Streiner, a set dresser, said.
North Braddock, Rankin and other parts of the city will also be featured in the film.