Arriving in the midst of awards season, American Hustle is sure to get a lot of attention this December. The late 70’s-era thriller is based on a real-life undercover ABSCAM sting operation that targeted corruption in the U.S. Congress. The story follows con artist Irving Rosenfeld, played by Christian Bale, as he helps federal agents get the goods on mobsters, corrupt politicians and other crooks.
In addition to Bale, the all-star cast features Bradley Cooper as federal agent Richie DiMaso, Amy Adams as Rosenfeld’s partner in crime, and Hollywood “it” girl Jennifer Lawrence. Other cast members include the legendary Robert De Niro and The Bourne Legacy’s Jeremy Renner.
The drama is directed by David O. Russell, who’s flying high after the critical and commercial successes of The Fighter and last year’s Silver Linings Playbook. The fact that Russell is teaming with stars from both of those films is one more reason to think American Hustle will be another hit.
Despite the movie’s obvious comparisons to Argo, Russell has insisted in recent interviews that while Argo is a great movie, it is not his style as a filmmaker. He told the Huffington Post, “I’m much more interested in looking at the people in their homes, with their emotions, their sex lives, their romances, their clothes, their dinners, their social lives.”
Russell wrote the screenplay for the film with co-writer Eric Singer, known for The International. American Hustle debuts in limited release Dec. 13, and goes to wide release Dec. 25.
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