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David O. Russell is one of the most exciting American filmmakers working today. Between "Flirting With Disaster," "Three Kings," "The Fighter," and last year's exemplary, Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook," Russell has established himself as the kind of director whose films should be treated not like run-of-the-mill releases, but bona fide events.

His next offering, "American Hustle," out later this year, seems to be no different. Judging by this brief teaser trailer (below), it looks truly amazing.

The movie is based on the real-life exploits of con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale, unrecognizable yet again), who became the center of a massive FBI sting operation in the '70s called Abscam. Rosenfeld becomes intertwined with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper), who is a part of the operation, designed to net a number of criminals in an outfit that stretches from New York into New Jersey. Amy Adams plays Rosenfeld's girlfriend and partner in crime.

The trailer starts with Cooper and Bale looking at a painting. "People come from all over the world to look at this," Bale says. Cooper nods in appreciation. Bale, all traces of his Batman persona blown to smithereens by the nuclear bomb that threatened Gotham, continues: "No, it's a fake. People believe what they want to believe. Because the guy who made this is so good, that it's real to everybody. So who's the master -- the painter or the forger?"

Then Led Zeppelin's "Good Times Bad Times" kicks in and we're off: bad hairstyles, Adams's impressive cleavage, and cast members Jennifer Lawrence (who appears to be the young moll between the two men) and Jeremy Renner looking totally awesome. Title cards flash through: "ONLY. IN. AMERICA."

In an interview following the trailer's premiere on "Good Morning America," Russell praises the star-studded cast. "What's great is everybody's playing somebody they've never played before," he gushes. And that includes actors who aren't even teased in the trailer: Robert De Niro, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, Jack Huston, Colleen Camp, and Alessandro Nivola. This is going to be huge.

American Hustle - Trailer No.1


"American Hustle" hits theaters on Christmas Day, right in time for awards season.

[via The Film Stage]
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