Just yesterday we learned that Jeremy Renner had entered negotiations to replace Christian Bale in director David O. Russell’s next project, and now it looks like Russell has nabbed his The Fighter actress Amy Adams to star as the female lead. The currently untitled pic, formerly referred to as American Bullshit, is based on a real-life undercover sting operation set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress. Bradley Cooper is in talks to play the con artist, Mel Weinberg, while Renner would play Jimmy Boyle, the FBI agent who busts Weinberg then partners with him on the sting.
Per Variety, Adams will be playing Cooper’s partner and mistress. The actress previously worked with Russell on 2010’s The Fighter, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Production on the untitled drama is scheduled to begin in February, and this stranger-than-fiction story sounds like a swell fit for Russell’s offbeat style. Adams will be seen later this year in The Master and Trouble with the Curve.