Christian Bale to Star in Director David O. Russell’s AMERICAN BULLSHIT; Bradley Cooper in Talks to Join

     April 18, 2012

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After wrapping a little-publicized movie called The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Bale will reunite with The Fighter-director, David O. Russell for American Bullshit.  We previously reported that Russell was set to direct the picture, but this is the first we’ve heard of Bale being attached.  If that wasn’t enough, Bradley Cooper is also reportedly in talks to star.  A drama scripted by Eric Warren Singer (The International), American Bullshit (which more-than-likely won’t clear the MPAA with that title intact) is about the 1970s FBI sting known as “Abscam” that brought down a number of U.S. Congressmen.  Details are in short order as to who Bale and Cooper would play, but what is clear is who will be financing the film.  Hit the jump to find out more on American Bullshit.

Deadline reports that Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures will fully finance American Bullshit to the tune of $30 to $40 million.  The deal isn’t inked yet, but hopes are high to seal it up and aim for a production start in January 2013.  Bale is currently filming Out of the Furnace with Lawless and Knight of Cups also on his schedule. Russell, meanwhile, will direct a Buddy Cianci biopic after completing The Silver Linings Playbook. Cooper is currently filming Serena with Jennifer Lawrence (poor guy) and may join Here There Be Monsters and/or an untitled Woody Allen picture with Cate Blanchett. Oh, and he has another movie you may have heard of, The Hangover III, which is set to start production in September.

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