David O. Russell’s Abscam has an amazing cast. O. Russell, fresh of a hit with Silver Linings Playbook, has once again lined up Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence to star in his new film. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Alessandro Nivola and Louis C.K. will also star.
This is one hell of a line-up. O. Russell must be gathering willing stars after his past two films, Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, earned many of the starring actors Oscar nominations with Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Jennifer Lawrence all taking home Academy Awards.
Abscam tells the true story of a sting operation that took place in the 1970s and early 80s led by an FBI agent (Cooper) who teams with the world’s best con man (Bale) in order to shine a light on corruption in Congress. Jeremy Renner will play a state assembly leader, Adams will play Maxine “Max” Gardner, the mistress and co-conspirator of Bale’s character, and Lawrence will play Bale’s wife. Sounds like it has a lot going for it. It will most likely be up for a few nods come next year’s Academy Awards.
Sony Pictures is planning a wide release this coming Christmas.