517881084 3v1 620 439 ‘American Hustle’ Trailer: Crime and Corruption, 70s Style

Director David O. Russell hasn’t exactly lacked in Hollywood clout during the last decade, having headed up such ambitious projects as the war-heist adventure Three Kings and sports drama The Fighter. However, 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook vaulted Russell into mega-success, with a more-than-respectable box office gross, critical goodwill, and multiple Oscar nominations – including a Best Actress win for Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).

Apparently not one to let success pigeon-hole him, Russell will follow up last year’s hit with quite a different sort of film: American Hustle, a tale of high-flying criminals in 1970s-era New York and New Jersey. The project has debuted its first preview on Good Morning America, along with a short interview with the director himself.

Based loosely on several true-life corruption scandals, American Hustle follows professional conman Irving Rosenfeld and partner Richie DeMaso as they are pulled into a caper larger and more dangerous than they could have imagined. The trailer doesn’t reveal much of the movie’s full narrative, but does do a great job showing off a huge cast of characters bedecked in period-appropriate costume. It also smoothly establishes the apparently raucous tone of the film, displaying a crew of criminals both entranced with their crazed lifestyle and menaced by it.

The interview with Russell that bookends the preview is somewhat more disposable. While he does give us a decent outline of who these characters actually are, he also does so in a way that feels bare-bones and somewhat effusive. One gets the idea that he’s genuinely excited about the film, but isn’t all that enthusiastic about appearing on a morning talk show. The real meat of the video lies in the preview.

American Hustle stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover Part III), Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams (Man of Steel), Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), among many others.

American Hustle will boogie into theaters on December 13th, 2013.

Source: Good Morning America