David O. Russell returns to cinemas later this year with American Hustle, which reunites him with his Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper, along with his The Fighter actors Christian Bale and Amy Adams.
A few set pics of the actors get their 1970s on have popped up online, but now we can get our first official look at the movie with the images above and below, showing us all three actors, with Bale in particular being almost unrecognisable.
The movie is based on a true story and follows Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), a con artist who, along with his lover and accomplice Sydney (Amy Adams), are forced by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to help with his ABSCAM conspiracy case in the 1970s. That ended with a US Senator and five Congressmen were convicted on corruption charges.
David O. Russell talked to USA Today about recreating the 1970s, saying, “That era was very much like our era now. The economy was not in a good place and people had to struggle to figure out how to reinvent themselves.”
He also spoke about shooting in Boston during the Boston Marathon bombings in April, which shut down production for a couple of days.”We were shooting in an outlying area that day,” he says. “Christian Bale’s wife was the first one to get through to him (on set). It was very surreal. It was very upsetting.”