Last month, it was announced that David O. Russell would be re-teaming with Christian Bale for a new project, having previously worked on The Fighter and American Hustle together. If that wasn’t exciting enough, this week brings even more stars to the project. Margot Robbie and Michael B. Jordan have joined Bale to create a true all-star cast.
The working title of the film is currently Amsterdam, and the story will follow the unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer. Production is reportedly scheduled to begin in April. Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie were reportedly courted for roles, but it seems like Russell and co. upgraded to younger and bigger stars.
It’s no surprise that movie stars want to work with Russell. Although he has a reputation for being a bit demanding on set, his films frequently garner acting nominations at major awards shows.
Jennifer Lawrence – who was also rumoured to be circling this project – managed three Oscar nominations (and one win) for her work with Russell in the early 2010s, while Bale himself won Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter, while picking up a Best Actor nom for American Hustle. You can see why that would be very appealing to stars like Robbie and Jordan.
Russell hasn’t directed a film since 2015’s Joy, but he had been developing the hijacking tale The Skies Belong To Us, which had Jordan attached to star and produce. It’s not clear whether that project is still alive; perhaps Jordan and Russell both pivoted from that film to this one.
We’ll wait to hear more detailed news about Amsterdam, or whatever its eventual title is. No matter what it’s called, with the kinds of stars attached, this film will be a big deal.