New 'American Hustle' Trailer

American Hustle movie trailer
Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld, Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser and Bradley Cooper as Richie DiMaso in American Hustle
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Sony has premiered a new trailer for David O. Russell's American Hustle, which may be the most anticipated, unseen movie left this year.

Starring Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Amy Adams (Man of Steel), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), the film is a fictional account of the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), following their story as they are forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Cooper) 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 (Renner) who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden.

The film is set for a limited December 13 release and will expand on Christmas Day and test screenings are currently underway and the first anonymous review arrived at AICN recently and Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere has heard his own rumblings. I personally can't wait to see it for myself.

Watch the latest trailer directly below and if you missed the five character posters that were previously released I included one below and the other four on the second page of this post.

  • Criterion10

    I only skimmed the trailer, and while it seems as though the Goodfellas comparisons do still stand, I'm pretty hopeful for this one, and this comes from someone who hasn't cared for O. Russell in the past.

  • Ron Oneal Fresh

    It gave me a Goodfellas feel too but it's only because of the music in the trailer. It looks like a breezy con-man movie. Which I have a blind spot for.

    I hope it's of the black comedy nature...

  • Michael

    I can't wait. Of course, big fan of O. Russell & the cast (all five). It's going to be another fantastic movie in each of their resume and yes, I still see this as an Oscar contender and I see at least Adams, Cooper or Renner & Lawrence getting in if they deliver on the acting side. Bale is going to be tough since it's so crowded for Best Actor this year but hopefully we'll see.

  • Jacob

    Really liked it, I've never been very keen to O'Russell films but this trailer got me a good vibe I couldn't ignore.

    Nevertheless it still doesn't help to clarify whether Amy Adams character is a leading or a supporting one.

  • Silga

    Not interested at all. Last two David O. Russell's films were really bad and empty. And it also features probably the worst actress of the generation - Jennifer Lawrence. For me, she's the most overrated person in showbiz. Don't know if I will ever be able to watch a film, however interesting it looks, starring J.Lawrence.

    • JN Films

      troll alert

      • lalecture


    • kathrynlynn

      just because i'm interested... could you expand on what you mean by "really bad" and "empty"... i assume you are talking about the fighter and silver linings...

    • Django

      I too think she is quite overrated. She hasn't wowed me in anything yet.

  • Ilir Mehmeti

    I'm blown away! Oscars all around! I hope for many MANY nominations, I think it's time to put Christian Bale back in the predictions for leading actor and Jeremy Renner as a possible nominee as well for supporting actor. I truly hope for the best! It looks like a masterpiece! No doubt about it! I'd put American Hustle in Best Picture, Best Director - David O. Russell, Leading Actor - Christian Bale, Leading Actress - Amy Adams, Supporting Actor - Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner, Supporting Actress - Jennifer Lawrence and Original Screenplay - Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell predictions! This is going to be something extraordinary!

  • Matt Taylor

    Great trailer. This is one of my most anticipated for the rest of the year. All of the performances look excellent, though I'm most interested in seeing Bale's and Lawrence's.

  • Jacob

    I truly love Amy Adams and want her to win, but who of these five leading ladies would have to give up to her slot?

    Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep or Emma Thompson?

    Tough to call, but I guess the most vulnerable one is sadly Emma Thompson, since her movie is likely to not be praised by critics, and has kinda the "lightliest" role of the 5. Cate is an absolute lock, Judi is part of acting royalty, is backed by Weinstein and is getting old and blind, Sandra carries the movie event of the year and has star power, and as Alec Baldwin once said, no matter what happens in the voting process, there will be always Meryl Streep.

    Anyway, odds are really in Amy's favor; the best actress race since 1994 has ALWAYS included a newcomer in the lineup. It would be very rare that 5 previous nominees and winners in the category claim the 5 slots.

    • Israel Valencia

      Actually I think Sandra Bullock could lose her spot as I think Gravity could be the technical marvel of the year kinda like Hugo was a few years ago. Gravity could claim best picture and best director nominations while dominating the technical awards

    • Michael

      I LOVE Amy Adams, too. I love Cate Blanchett & Sandra Bullock as actors as well. Blanchett is an definite lock. I'd say Dench, Bullock & Streep (always) are as well. So I guess I agree with you, Thompson could be the one gives the slot to Adams.

    • lalecture

      Have the Weinsteins figured out whether Streep is going as Supporting or lead yet? I havent heard if there has been still yet another change!
      Either way, she will most likely get a nom. I think Bullock and/or Thompson's slots are in jeopardy. If I were Sony I'd push Adams for supporting. Cate is a lock. Id love to see Amy Adams get a win. It appears that O. Russell has brought out the best in some of his favorite actors.

  • kathrynlynn

    I love Russell as a storyteller. Even when his films feel slow, he builds really strong characters and relationships, so I'm really looking forward to this.

    I'm also holding out hope that this role could make me like Renner as an actor... because I haven't enjoyed him anything he's done.

    • kathrynlynn

      Also- I think it's funny how both trailers give two very different and distinct feels to the film. One plays more to the comedy and heightened glamor- while this one feels grimmy, dark, and even sad. So it'll be interesting to see the actual tone of the film.

    • Michael

      I like him (Renner). He's awesome in The Town, The Hurt Locker, The Bourne Legacy, North Country, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford & Neo Ned. You didn't like him in those?

      • lalecture

        Never saw North Country. Would you recommend this film?

        • Michael

          Yeah, it's pretty good.

    • P.

      Hey, he made me like Cooper, so everything is possible! (some days I feel like the only person who hated Cooper in TPBTP, but then again, I generally disliked that movie). DOR does have an incredible ability to get his actors to do marvellous things, so I think you can be optimistic about Renner.

  • Corbin

    Is anyone else getting a 'Gatsby' feel to the character posters?

    • Ryguy815

      Yeah, I am too.

    • JN Films

      Absolutely old sport!

  • Gautam Anand

    Is Jennifer Lawrence playing Tiffany [Silver Linings Playbook] again ?? Looks Like.

  • Israel Valencia

    I am a little confused is Jeremy Renner the antagonist or is this gonna be more like a self vs self film, because so far I don't know who the antagonist is

    • Ken

      The FBI agent, Cooper's character is the main villain.

      • Israel Valencia

        Oh really?!?! That's shocking cause I thought there was gonna be some sort of love triangle since there were some scenes in the first trailer that show Cooper and Adams sharing some intimate moments together.

        • Ken

          I thought it was pretty obvious in the trailer. Not sure how genuine adams - cooper relation will be in the movie, since that part is completely fictional. Renner's character is a beloved politician devoted to his community but unfortunately trapped in FBI's scheme.

  • Ryguy815

    This looks phenomenal. I can't wait to see it.

  • Aidan Khan

    Looks amazing!

  • Ian

    Very different tonally from the first trailer. As I wrote on another article a week or so ago, I really hope this doesn't get lost in the December shuffle. I don't think it needs a platform release (save maybe a one-week NY/LA exclusive run), and the last two weeks of December are already murderous.

    • Gautam Anand

      Believe me, it won't. There are people out there waiting to pounce upon a film that can provide them an opportunity to claim12 Years A Slave or Gravity can't be a Best Picture winner. I believe, it's going to have a reaction similar to Les Mis last year, when it was first shown towards November-end, when many were vociferous in their claims that Les Mis will win Best Picture since they needed an alternative to Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. [Note:Argo was still sneaking through unnoticed].

      • Hudsucker

        I wonder if there is one sneaking by unnoticed at this very moment. All is Lost? Saving Mr. Banks? Monuments Men? Nebraska? Her?

        • Israel Valencia

          I still think the unnoticed dark horse is Her or Out of Furnace but either won't win, in my opinion

        • Gautam Anand

          Let December come, only then we will know what's sneaking by unnoticed because Argo when it first came out, people labeled it too as a very strong contender just like people are doing now with Gravity. It was only after Lincoln, ZD30, Life of Pi came that people forgot about Argo. I have a 'sneaking' feeling people, that this year Gravity is going to take Argo's position. Let other films like American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks and Wolf of Wall Street come, let 12 Years start winning early critics awards and let people forget about Gravity, and that is when, Gravity will strike from behind in Round 2. Gravity is a film that can easily become the consensus choice just like Argo.

  • Anna

    Looks "okayish" , I guess. No big expectations for this one.

  • Chris

    Yikes this movie might just blow the competition away. This trailer is all sorts of great. It might pull off what SLP did with acting noms in all 4 categories (Bale,Adams, Cooper/Renner, Lawrence).

  • andyluvsfilms

    Looks great and Bale just oozes confidence, I think he's channeling an early Pacino.

  • TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    Definitely looks good.

    If O'Russell likes to use the same actors over and over, I hope his next movie features Adams and Lawrence as co-leads with no male lead.

  • Yaz

    More than excited for this one. Already know I'm seeing it so likely won't watch the trailer (at work right now, so can't anyway!) Perhaps my most anticipated this year.

  • SeenSome

    Couldn't resist watching this trailer. It looks incredible, the cast in particular. This could be another Russell film where numerous members of his cast get a nod. I'm thinking Bale lead, Cooper supporting, Adams lead, Lawrence supporting, judging by that trailer anyway. It remains to be seen how big their roles actually are in the film but these are heavy hitters, previous winners/nominees in a buzz-worthy period piece.

  • lalecture

    Im using all of my will power to avoid watching this trailer! This is my most anticipated film of the year. I am hopeful it will knock it out of the park. I can see noms in at least 3 of the acting categories as well as screen play, director, and BP.

    • Jordan B.

      I agree on those noms; despite how loaded this year is, I have a feeling that, assuming American Hustle is as good as expected, it will be heavily nominated this year. As a reminder, The Fighter reaped 7 nominations (3 acting) in 2010, and Silver Linings garnered 8 nominations (4 acting). All conjecture of course, but here are my predictions for American Hustle this year (italics denote a category I think it could well win):

      Best Picture
      Best Director (David O. Russell)
      Best Original Screenplay
      Best Actress (Amy Adams)
      Best Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper)
      Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence)
      Best Film Editing
      Best Costume Design

      Other Possible Nominations:
      - Best Actor (Christian Bale) -- this is probably the most difficult acting category for the film to get nominated in, as it seems Ejiofor, Redford, Hanks, and McConaughey are near-locks, leaving only one open spot
      - Best Makeup & Hairstyling -- depends on what the competition really is; I think this one is a longshot, far moreso than, say, Costume Design above, but it's certainly not infeasible

  • Adu

    My only fear with the film is that I hope it doesn't take on that playful/bouncy/glib sort of feel the awful Ocean's sequels possessed. Other than that, I can't see this one stumbling.

  • The Jackal

    What a cast! Director Russell is on such a role, I can't imagine this film not nabbing some acting nods, one for director and one for picture as well. I guess the review will tell us all we need to know.

    Thems the facts

    • The Jackal

      *such a roll

  • ghislaine

    This looks lively and I'm more encouraged to go see it. The moments between Bale and Adams remind me of how good both are at creating memorable characters. Acting together should really showcase their talents.

    Although I do wish Christian Bale would stop thinking that creating a character involves changing his actual body. Use padding, posture, CGI, acting, but keep your actual body healthy and fit so you can have a long career.

  • Winchester

    I'm not anticipating it that much personally, trailer was fine but I don't see anything to push it up the list for me much.

  • Michael

    Off topic and potentially good news, i'm hearing that Scorsese and editor could finish the final cut of The Wolf of Wall Street by Thanksgiving and that they MIGHT plan on releasing it on Christmas. If that's true, I would literally go outside of my house so excited and scream and jump out of excitement. But also, the sad side of it if it is true. DiCaprio who I really hope could finally win an Oscar will be back on the Best Actor race. Actors like Michael B. Jordan who I really want to get nominated will be in trouble of not getting in, sighs.