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WATCH: First Trailer for David O. Russell's 'American Hustle,' Starring Bale, Cooper, Lawrence, Adams and Renner

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 31, 2013 at 12:02PM

The first trailer for David O. Russell's "American Hustle" has landed. Starring a knockout cast including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence, the film centers on the true story of the '70s ABSCAM operation where a con man (Bale) and his mistress (Adams) team up with a loose-cannon federal agent (Cooper) to, well, scam the scammers. Watch below, plus new images from the film.
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Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in "American Hustle"
Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in "American Hustle"

The first trailer for David O. Russell's "American Hustle" has landed. Starring a knockout cast including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence, the film centers on the true story of the '70s ABSCAM operation where a con man (Bale) and his mistress (Adams) team up with a loose-cannon federal agent (Cooper) to, well, scam the scammers. Watch below, plus new images from the film.

The supporting cast includes Robert De Niro, Louis C.K., Alessandro Nivola and Michael Pena. Needless to say, the film has an awards-season release date of December 25.

Lawrence won her Best Actress Oscar earlier this year in Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," while De Niro and Cooper nabbed nominations (as did Russell, for writing and directing). Bale won his Best Supporting Oscar for Russell's "The Fighter" in 2010, while Russell nabbed a directing nod, and Adams a Supporting Actress nomination.

The trailer is set to Led Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times."


American Hustle
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This article is related to: Trailers, Video, David O. Russell, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.