Jennifer Lawrence has landed a new gig. The actress has been cast opposite Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s untitled new film, formerly called American Bulls**t.
Lawrence, who is up for a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Russell’s previous outing Silver Linings Playbook, will play Bale’s wife in the drama.
According to Deadline, the film will tell the true story of Mel Weinberg, a con artist who worked alongside the FBI in the 1970′s in a sting operation known as ABSCAM to take down a group of corrupt US congressmen.
First announced in October 2012, the official synopsis reads:
“The untitled [Russell] Project is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist and his mistress/partner in crime who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians. At the epicenter of the entire tale, is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden.”
Lawrence joins a cast of stellar actors that include her pair-up from last year, Bradley Cooper, who will play the Federal agent. Amy Adams (Man of Steel, On The Road) and Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy, The Hurt locker) are also on board.
Access Hollywood notes that this will be the third film Cooper and Lawrence have made together. In addition to Silver Linings the duo will star in Serena, a Depression-era drama penciled to hit theaters in September.
The script for Russell’s new picture is being developed by Megan Ellison under Annapurna Pictures, who is also producing and financing the project.
Just 22-years-old, Lawrence’s career has already seen her nominated for an Oscar for 2010′s Winter’s Bone and receive a SAG Award and Golden Globe for her work in Silver Linings.