Here Comes Oscar: David O. Russell's Abscam Movie Hits This Christmas, Alessandro Nivola Joins Cast

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 12, 2013 3:14 PM
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Hang on to that tux David O. Russell, and starting looking for another dress Jennifer Lawrence, because if things go according to plan, you'll both be back at the Dolby Theater for the Oscars next February.

Sony has set a December 13th limited release date, followed by a Christmas Day wide expansion for O. Russell's upcoming Abscam movie, formerly titled "American Bullshit." And frankly, who can blame them? Just look at this cast: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Louis C.K. and Jennifer Lawrence (with Alessandro Nivola joining today). And the based-on-a-true-story tale sounds like a great big screen story. Penned by Eric Singer, the film will tell the true story of a famed financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams) who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters and politicians. At the epicenter of the entire tale is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Renner), who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden. Lawrence will play Bale's wife, with Nivola as Reggio, a federal prosecutor.

The Christmas Day release date is a massive vote of confidence from Sony, who have no fear opening this movie against "47 Ronin," "Jack Ryan" and "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty." As always, this early in the calendar, some of those releases may move up or get out of the way, but it looks like the studio are banking on Russell providing another box office hit and possible awards contender.

Production begins this month. [Deadline]

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  • M4 | March 12, 2013 11:25 PMReply

    I'm really looking forward to this one...the cast is amazing and it's a terrific (true life) story. Jennifer Lawrence's role, as Mel Weinberg's wife, Marie looks to be yet another great part for Lawrence, as is the role of Serena and so different, too. David O. Russell, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence could very well score another nomination (or two, if Lawrence is nominated for both Serena as well as the untitled Russell film) in 2014.

  • Pemberton | March 12, 2013 10:56 PMReply

    Wrong information - Chris Terio (Argo) is the writer. And Jennifer has a small part in the film, very unlikely she'll get a nomination. Her chances this year are with Serena.

  • wassupman | March 13, 2013 5:20 AM

    No, sir! Chris Terrio is the writer for "to the ends of the earth" (I have read the script), not this one. This is INDEED penned by Eric Singer and has a re-write by David O. Russel, himself, I believe.

  • jack | March 13, 2013 3:51 AM

    No, Terrio isn't the writer on this but he is the scribe of "The Ends of the Earth". Another upcoming Russell/Lawrence collaboration.

  • RK | March 12, 2013 8:35 PMReply

    The reason there were so many rewrites is because it turns out that Mel Weinberg (who's involved with this, as he was in a failed project in 1982) was not the likable conman being portrayed in the original script. His behavior had actually caused his 50-year old wife Marie(Lawrence) to commit suicide. The original script had an amicable break-up with Weinberg, with him even complimenting her in the last scene.

  • Alex | March 12, 2013 5:05 PMReply

    @Amanda David rewrote Jen's part for her. The script you've read (which is the one everyone has) is the old one. She could be up for a supporting role nomination. And she will be there if the movie and her co-stars are nominated.

  • caro | March 12, 2013 5:52 PM

    she is just in the movie to see how it works between Bale and her(O Russel must do another movie with Lawrence as lead and he wants Bale also in this other movie but Bale is too young so O Russel must convince they fit together)

  • Amanda | March 12, 2013 4:17 PMReply

    Lawrence only has a couple of scenes so the only reason for her to get another dress is to present Best Actor.

  • Selma | March 12, 2013 4:17 PMReply

    I don't know why but I'm thinking this movie will be a movie much like Argo; not getting many acting nominations, they may squeeze a nomination or two but I can't see this hitting big like The Fighter and SLP when it comes to acting nominations.

    Miss Amy Adams is an amazing actress and so is Miss Lawrence, Adams more so but I'm thinking she's gonna win the year she'll play Janis Joplin. Lawrence won't get a nomination for the tiny part she's playing, if she is nominated next year it will be for Serena but I highly doubt it when 2013 is an AMAZING year for actresses in film. Meryl, Julia Roberts, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts and many legendary actresses. I don't see it coming but either way Lawrence will pick up another dress, she'll present the Oscar for Leading Actor if they stick with the tradition.

  • Selma | March 13, 2013 12:04 PM

    To be honest with you, I didn't know that about her and now I have to say that you changed my view. Amazing was wrong to say but she's an ok actress. Wow, you really changed my thoughts about her. Seriously? Yep, that's gonna backlash on her anytime now. When she'll be working with bigger names, and that's soon, people are gonna change their look on her acting. Still though, in the scenes she is pretty good. Better than a lot but not in the league of Marion, Jessica Chastain and most definitely not in the company of Emmanuelle Riva. I wasn't offended by her loss, I don't care that much about the Oscars until I read people's comments but I was really rooting for Riva. I cried during that movie and it was all because of Riva. Amazing, AMAZING performance!

  • Billy | March 12, 2013 11:31 PM

    No, Jennifer Lawrence is not an amazing actress, but she is highly overrated. This lady admitted that she only memorizes her lines, until she gets to the film set. That means Lawrence doesn't understand the need to prepare for her scenes , and she has no value of the acting craft. All of this shows in her mediocre acting. Jennifer didn't deserve her Oscar nomination ( especially over Marion Cotillard ) , nor her win over Naomi Watts and Emmanuelle Riva. Lawrence's Oscar win was the worse Oscar win, since Sandra Bullock won her Oscar. Trust me, people will look back and laugh at this Oscar win.

  • Alan B | March 12, 2013 5:37 PM

    Are you kidding? 'Argo' is a technical exercise in genre and tone, with a bland leading character whose task is to be noble and stuff. This film's lead character is a charming liar who perpetually cheats on his family, whilst the other characters sound equally nuts.

  • Jack | March 12, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    Is Amy Adams lead? She sounds pretty borderline. Imagine, her 5th nomination before 40, and she still might not win...

  • oogle monster | March 12, 2013 4:10 PM

    Well considering she's pretty much guaranteed a nomination for this film if it plays like TF and SLP- she will have her 5th nomination in 2014 and at 39 I believe.

  • der führer | March 12, 2013 3:35 PMReply

    I'm mostly interested in who Louis CK is going to play.. anyone?

  • DER FüHRER | March 12, 2013 5:32 PM

    Jack: That sounds very intriguing

  • jack | March 12, 2013 3:39 PM

    It was mentioned somewhere that he's playing an FBI agent.

  • rebel | March 12, 2013 3:26 PMReply

    if this movie went well,david would be nominated,but why JL too? I thought AA would have more scene than her and still be nominated as supporting actress...if JL's nominated it'd be serena. anyways,they're both overrated:/

  • rebel | March 12, 2013 3:29 PM

    I mean david o russell and jl, not amy.

  • oogle monster | March 12, 2013 3:26 PMReply

    More like AMY ADAMS find another dress- this is her year to win.

  • ap | March 12, 2013 6:15 PM

    My thoughts exactly. If she gets nominated I think it will be her time to finally win.

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