If there are a number of features considered bound for Oscar glory this early-on, one of them is easily David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook. A more comedic approach while also blending a decent amount of emotional drama as well, the upcoming release featuring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence has already received rave reviews from it’s TIFF premiere while the lead duo will be teaming up once more for period drama Serena earlier next year. But it seems now that Russell wants to team up with a few of his favorites from his past two films for his next untitled project. And today, Annapurna Pictures has announced that a trio of actors will be back for Russell’s next drama.
The production company along with Atlas Entertainment has revealed Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner will all officially take roles in David O. Russell’s upcoming based on a true story crime drama. Bale and Adams both appeared in Russell’s The Fighter, for which they were both granted Oscar nods while Bale came out on top with a Best Supporting Actor statue. This will be Renner’s first time under the direction of Russell, however.
The story revolves around “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 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.”
Annapurna, who funded other Oscar-hopeful The Master this year, will fully finance the film for a Late 2013 release with Columbia Pictures set to distribute. The script is currently being co-written by Russell and Eric Warren Singer, with Cooper lined up to executive produce as well. Production is slated to begin in February on the East Coast at a location to be determined.
If anything, let’s start considering it a contender for the 2014 Oscars.