Christian Bale Out & Jeremy Renner Stepping into 'American Bullshit'
Fans of David O. Russell have been waiting to see how the director would follow up his critically acclaimed boxing drama The Fighter. He's got The Silver Linings Playbook coming out soon, but what next? There was talk of him tackling an Uncharted movie before Neil Burger took over, and Russell has a Buddy Cianci biopic in the works as well as the project formerly known as American Bullshit in the pipeline, too. The latter project has our interest today, as Variety reports that Jeremy Renner is in talks to replace Christian Bale in the film about a con man who masterminded an FBI sting operation of Congress in 1980.
This project, which is now untitled, has a veritable all-star team working on it behind the scenes, as it's being handled by The Dark Knight Rises producer Charles Roven from Atlas Entertainment as well as being funded and produced by movie maven Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures. In front of the camera, Renner would play an FBI agent who teams with the world's best con man (to be played by Bradley Cooper) in order to shine a light on corruption in Congress in a sting operation called Abscam.
Renner is a busy guy these days, jumping into franchises like Bourne, Mission: Impossible, and The Avengers while hoping to make his own with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters next year. Bale is busy too, filming two Terrence Malick movies that will keep him working for the rest of the year. Production on the project formerly known as American Bullshit will lens in February, so we'll keep you updated on a title and future cast members as the start time approaches.