The untitled project, which stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Louis C.K., bows less than a week before Sony launches George Clooney’s “Monuments Men” on Dec. 18. Both arguably will receive sizable awards campaigns.
The platform release is typical for most adult-driven fare released at around Christmas. Sony used a similar strategy for “Zero Dark Thirty,” though that film didn’t expand wide until after the New Year.
The Russell film follows an FBI sting operation that led to the conviction of several U.S. Congressmen. Pic goes up against other Christmas Day wide releases including Universal’s “47 Ronin,” Paramount’s “Jack Ryan” and Fox’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”