Michael Pena And Robert De Niro Take Roles In David O. Russell’s ‘Abscam’

Since David O. Russell proved The Fighter wasn’t just a chance of good fortune, everyone who’s everyone wants to be a part of David O. Russell’s follow up projects/ Remarkably what Russell has a knack for is taking Hollywood giants and bringing them down a notch to portray real characters, as seen in both The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, and because of this all of Hollywood seems to be coming out of the wood work to act in his frame.

The mega-cast for David O. Russell’s Untitled/Abscam project seems to be growing by the day. It’s been reported that End of Watch’sMichael Pena has joined the ranks, along with Robert De Niro, who gave one of his best performances in years in Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook.

Pena seems to be on a career high, with receiving incredible reviews for the sleeper hit End of Watch. His choice to join the David. O. Russell project is just another great turn for Pena, who seems to be carving out a memorable career.

As for Robert De Niro, the actor was supposed to be in the Abscam project earlier, but due to scheduling conflicts De Niro had to bow out. It looks like Russell and De Niro have worked out all the kinks and will now film the scenes in May. The jury’s out on whether or not this performance from De Niro will see the actor receive yet another Oscar nomination.

The synopsis for the Untitled David O. Russell project, which seriously is in need of a title, reads as follows:
“The 1970s-set true story of a con artist and his partner in crime, who were forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians – namely, the volatile mayor of impoverished Camden, New Jersey.”

Pena and De Niro will join an incredible cast lead by Christian Bale, which sees him anchoring the film and supported by Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K. and Amy Adams.

While it may seem like they’re too many chefs in the kitchen, what David O. Russell knows how to do best is balancing an ensemble cast. It’s also a plus that Russell has worked with practically everyone in this project previously.