Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper to star in David O. Russell project
The cast for an upcoming, as yet untitled dramatic project from Silver Linings Playbook writer-director David O. Russell is official, and it includes A-listers Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams.
The trades had reported months ago that Bale had dropped out of the project, with Cooper taking on the true life role of a financial con artist. However, according to a press release from the upcoming film’s producers Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures, Bale will play the con artist, with Adams as his mistress and partner in crime. Cooper will play an out of control federal agent working with the pair “to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians,” according to the release. Renner will play the local hero and passionate but volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly, who is also the mayor of lower-income Camden. The film is tentatively set for release in late 2013, and will begin production on the East Coast in mid February.
To be directed and co-written by Russell, who is working on the screenplay with Eric Warren Singer, based on Singer’s original script, the movie also marks Russell’s second time working with Cooper, Bale, and Adams, and his first time working with Renner. Russell directed and wrote the comedic drama Silver Linings Playbook, starring Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, due out for release next month. Russell also directed 2010’s boxing drama The Fighter, in which Bale played a scrappy, skinny-as-hell drug addict and snagged a best acting Oscar. Adams also starred in The Fighter as Mark Wahlberg’s feisty girlfriend, and snatched up an Oscar nod herself.
It turns out that multi-tasker Cooper will also executive produce Russell’s project alongside Singer and Jon Gordon, who produced Silver Linings Playbook. Annapurna is fully funding the movie, with Columbia Pictures distributing it domestically.
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