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Louis C.K. Circling David O. Russell’s Next Drama

Written by on January 11, 2013 

Since October, the cast for David O. Russell‘s next film (once known as American Bullshit) has been fortunate to lock Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams. It’s a good quartet of actors, and also one that makes perfect contextual sense: save for Hawkeye, he’s worked with them all before, and they’ve got dramatic weight to communicate this story. The world’s most popular comedian, on the other hand…

Much remains to be seen, but THR inform us Louis C.K. has been courted to take “a key role,” that sadly obscure descriptor, in Russell‘s film. Read this synopsis, coming from Eric Warren Singer‘s script, and tell us if you have any idea:

“The Untitled David O. Russell Project is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who were 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.”

I haven’t anything resembling a decent answer, but, no matter what the role may be — probably something close to comedic relief — any fan of his ought to take note. Paired with the new Woody Allen picture, Blue Jasmine, and his long hiatus on Louie, it need not be spelled out that he’s found a third creative avenue. It’s a (mostly-new) move for someone we may feel to know so well, and seeing how it pans out is sure going to be interesting — not just in terms of his talent, but where things might go over the next few years.

With Sony distributing and Annapurna behind the finances, Russell and company will begin production next month.

What do you think of Louis C.K. expanding his horizons as an actor?

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