American Hustle is David O. Russell's follow-up to his Academy Award Best Picture-nominee Silver Linings Playbook. The director re-teams with SLP actors Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro and Amy Adams and Christian Bale from The Fighter. All earned Oscar nominations for their work, with Bale and Lawrence bringing home the prize.
The story finds FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper) recruiting con artist Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and his mistress/partner Sydney Prosser (Adams) in a fictionalized account of the ABSCAM operation, a public corruption investigation that resulted in "the conviction of a United States Senator, six members of the House of Representatives, one member of the New Jersey State Senate, members of the Philadelphia City Council, and an inspector for the Immigration and Naturalization Service."
The trailer is accompanied by Led Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times." If a Rolling Stones' song had been used, people would surely have thought it was a Scorsese picture, whose stylistic influence is apparent.
American Hustle opens in limited release on Dec. 13 and then nationwide on Dec. 25.