Sony Pictures has given Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell’s next film a prime awards season release date later this year. The untitled project (formerly known as American Bullshit) will hit theaters in limited release on December 13th before going wide on Christmas Day. The pic is based on a real-life undercover sting operation called Abscam, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress.
The cast reads like a “Best Of” from Russell’s filmography, as Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale are set in the leads with Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Jeremy Renner, and Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off) rounding out the ensemble. Hit the jump for more.
Russell’s Abscam project will undoubtedly be a player in this year’s awards race, and marks one of two Cooper/Lawrence films slated for release in 2013 alongside the period pic Serena. Sony also has their hands full with 2013 awards contenders as they’re also set to release George Clooney’s star-studded WWII film The Monuments Men, the Tom Hanks-fronted true story Captain Phillips, and Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s drama Foxcatcher with Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo.
On Christmas Day, the untitled Russell film will face off against the Keanu Reeves samurai pic 47 Ronin, the Chris Pine actioner Jack Ryan, and Ben Stiller’s comedy remake The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which also stars Kristen Wiig.