Silver Linings Playbook co-stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are planning to grace the silver screen together once again in American Hustle, under the direction of Oscar winner David O. Russell. While filming was temporarily delayed during the sudden, tragic Boston Marathon Bombings back in April, American Hustle us currently slated for a Christmas Day release. Russell's film was formerly titled "American Bullshit" and it also features quite a few actors he's previously worked with as well: Christian Bale (The Fighter), Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, and Jeremy Renner. Seemingly set in the 1970's, American Hustle's premier trailer makes use of Led Zeppelin's righteous "Good Times Bad Times," which works perfectly with the film's underlying 70's sleaze tone. The Singer/Russell-penned film is reportedly a "fictionalization" of the infamous late 1970-80's FBI sting operation dubbed ABSCAM, which eventually helped indite a US Senator, 6 members of the House of Representatives, a New Jersey Senator, members of the Philadelphia City Council, and an inspector for the Immigration & Naturalization Service (Wikipedia).
"A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey power-brokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down."
- Annapurna Pictures description