A new batch of photos have surfaced online from the set of writer/director David O. Russell’s upcoming American Hustle. The film is set in the 70’s and is based on the true story of a con artist who was forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters and politicians – including a high-profile mayor.
This is perfect. If you were putting together a checklist of movie criteria for an Oscar contender, American Hustle has it all. Russell’s is coming off back-to-back Best Director nominations for his last two films (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) and both films received nominations for Best Picture. So he is definitely in his prime as a film maker.
The film is based on a real-life undercover operation called ‘Abscam’, which attempted to root out congressional corruption, and the Academy always likes a true tale.
The cast is as good as any collection of talent you will ever see, including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Michael Pena, Louis C.K., Jack Huston, Elisabeth Rohm, Alessandro Nivola and Dawn Olivieri.