Michael Pena Joins David O. Russell's Abscam Movie; Robert De Niro Reportedly Also On Board

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by Kevin Jagernauth
April 5, 2013 1:05 PM
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Who does David O. Russell think he is? Woody Allen? Okay, we kid, but the number of name-brand stars he's lining up for his still (aggravatingly) untitled Abscam drama is reaching epic proportions. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Louis C.K., Jennifer LawrenceAlessandro NivolaElisabeth Rohm, Dawn Olivieri and Jack Huston are already on board the currently shooting movie, which is now adding even more cast members.

Deadline reports that the always solid Michael Pena -- last seen in "Gangster Squad" and "End Of Watch" -- is taking a role in the film. The based-on-a-true-story tale follows a financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams) who are 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. No word yet on Pena's role, but it looks like another huge name is also (quietly) part of the movie too.

According to the sources at The Boston Globe, Russell continues to enlist his "Silver Linings Playbook" team, with Robert De Niro reportedly cast in a small role in the film, for a scene that takes place in a casino. There were some scheduling conflicts, so he will apparently shoot his scenes in May. Either way, this cast is nuts, the material sounds great and we can't wait to see this.

"The Untitled David O. Russell Movie Starring Everyone In Hollywood" opens wide on Christmas Day. It's going to be quite the present.

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9 Comments

  • Michael M. | April 8, 2013 10:11 PMReply

    BP + BD.
    I already called it.

  • Logic | April 6, 2013 9:43 PMReply

    What a cast! One of the best I've ever seen outside of Oceans....

    Just one complaint... why are we throwing Louis C.K. up there with Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradey Cooper, and Co? The guy is not an actor, and a somewhat successful niche stand up comic. Cool casting, but including him on the roll call like he is some mega-star is distracting. Odds are is he'll just be some stunt casting which distracts from the movie. On the other hand, Michael Pena. Dude is a stud and was worthy of an Oscar nomination for End of Watch. Great, great addition.

  • BEF | April 5, 2013 4:31 PMReply

    Dollars to donuts this will just be titled "Abscam"

    or "Untitled David O. Russell Every White Actor in Hollywood Plus One Latino"

  • BEF | April 5, 2013 4:36 PM

    And that's moreso a comment about how it's fitting that The Playlist jokes "Every Actor in Hollywood" as a title when it is a very white cast, that's all.

  • amandla | April 5, 2013 1:49 PMReply

    This cast is completely insane. Like...what?

  • Johnny | April 5, 2013 1:31 PMReply

    Insane cast is insane.

  • CARY | April 5, 2013 1:26 PMReply

    I heart Huckabees was also Starring-Everyone-In-Hollywood kind of movie. Look how it turned out.

  • Guest | April 8, 2013 2:05 AM

    A very good, quirky, existential, niche cult-film. One with notable tension on set.

    And this has no relevance to that.

  • CB | April 5, 2013 1:22 PMReply

    My dream has been realized! Bale and De Niro together! Yaaaaaayyy!!!!

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