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 will boogie into theaters on December 13th, 2013.
Source: Good Morning America