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Jennifer Lawrence Cast in David O. Russell's Upcoming Abscam Film

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Jennifer Lawrence will reunite with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell in his forthcoming conman drama centered around the Abscam sting operation run by the FBI in the late 70s, according to a report from The Guardian.

Jennifer Lawrence has become a household name due to her role in the young-adult-series-turned-super-franchise The Hunger Games,  but the young actress’s real talent existed long before 2012. In 2011, she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Winter’s Bone, and she’s kept up the momentum ever since, going on to star in such works as X-Men: First Class and Silver Linings Playbook, which has also earned her an Oscar nomination.

David O. Russell‘s new film, which  was originally titled American Bullshit, is based on real-life events that saw the FBI use a known conman to pose as an Arab businessman to expose corruption of public officials. Along with Jennifer Lawrence, the stellar cast includes Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams.

Jennifer Lawrence’s role will be the wife of Christian Bale while Amy Adams is set to play his girlfriend (what a lucky guy, right?). Bale will play a conman working with the FBI, personified in this case by an “out-of-control federal agent” played by Bradley Cooper. Cooper, of course, is also nominated for an Oscar with his own role in Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook.

Jennifer Lawrence’s talent is by no means in short supply, so it makes perfect sense that David O. Russell would opt to re-cast her along with other longtime collaborators. The film, which has yet to be officially named, is set to shoot in “early 2013” with a tentative release date of 2014. We’ll be sure to update you as more information is released.

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