Thesp reunites with 'Fighter' helmer on crime drama

Christian Bale joins Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in David O. Russell’s ensemble drama, formerly known as “American Bullshit.”

Based on a true story, Bale will play a financial con artist who, along with his mistress (played by Adams), are forced to work with an ambitious FBI agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con men, mobsters and politicians. Renner will play the leader of the New Jersey state assembly.

Russell’s penning the screenplay with Eric Warren Singer, based on Singer’s original script.

Russell previously worked with Bale and Adams in “The Fighter.”

Atlas Entertainment¹s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will produce alongside Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison and Ted Schipper.

Jon Gordon, who most recently produced Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” will exec produce with Cooper and Singer. Annapurna Pictures is fully financing the film, tentatively set for release in late 2013 with Sony handling U.S. distribution.

“David has put together an incredible ensemble of actors for what is going to be a powerful and emotional drama about one of the most memorable cast of characters in recent history,” Roven said.

Panorama Media has sold the film internationally, which includes a multi-territorial deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Production will begin mid-February on the East Coast.

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