Jay Giannone

Russell has started shooting political thriller in Boston

Jay Giannone has joined the cast of David O. Russell’s political thriller “American Hustle,” opposite Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner.

The film is currently shooting in Boston with Sony planning a December release.  Formerly titled “American Bullshit,” the movie focuses on Abscam, the FBI sting operation involving a fictional Middle East sheikh that resulted in the 1981 convictions of a U.S. Senator and five members of the U.S. Congress for accepting bribes.

Giannone will portray a real-life hustler in the film.

The thesp appears as an ATF agent in “The Iceman,” starring Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder, James Franco and Ray Liotta. Millennium opens the biopic Friday.

Giannone’s credits include “The Departed” and “Gone Baby Gone.”

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