Christian Bale Signs on to David O. Russell's Next Film

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He was out, but now Christian Bale is back in David O. Russell's untitled ensemble drama.

Bale, who earned a supporting Oscar in Russell's The Fighter, will join a cast that already inclues Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams.

Russell wrote the screenplay with Eric Warren Singer, based on Singer’s original draft.  

The untitled project is based on the true story of a notorious 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 center of the story is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Renner) who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden.

Bale was originally onboard to tackle the con artist role but dropped out in July. The film now marks a reunion of sorts for Russell, Bale and Adams, who worked together on The Fighter. The director also worked with Cooper on Silver Linings Playbook, which nabbed the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival and is already drawing awards-season buzz. The untitled project will be Russell’s first outing with Renner.

Production will begin mid-February on the East Coast.

Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will produce alongside Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison and Ted Schipper. Jon Gordon, who most recently produced Silver Linings Playbook, will exec producer with Cooper and Singer.

“David has put together an incredible ensemble of actors for what is going to be a powerful and emotional drama about one of the most memorable cast of characters in recent history,” Roven said. 

Annapurna Pictures is fully financing the film, tentatively set for release in late 2013. Columbia Pictures will handle domestic distribution.

Panorama Media has sold the film internationally, which includes a multi-territorial deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

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