Director David O. Russell (“The Fighter,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “I Heart Huckabees”) has helmed many spectacular films over the course of his career, but recently he’s distanced himself from his peers with his ability to get Oscar nominations for his actors. In 2010, both Christian Bale and Melissa Leo took home Oscars for their work in “The Fighter,” while supporting cast member Amy Adams also earned a nomination. Additionally, it was announced two days ago, on January 10, 2013, that Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver all Academy Award nominees for their work in “Silver Linings Playbook.” So, it will come as no surprise if Russell’s next project earns his stars some Academy Awards, and yesterday, January 12, 2013, THR announced that the next possible star in Russell’s film, and thus potential Oscar nominee, will be none other than the legendary Louis C.K.
THR has reported that C.K., who has undoubtedly been the best standup comedian in the world for years, wrapped up the third season of his Emmy award-winning show, “Louie” last year, is now in talks to join the cast of Russell's upcoming film. The project, was originally titled “American Bullshit” though is now, for obvious reasons, untitled, already has superstars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams attached, meaning that C.K.'s potential involvement would make the cast an almost certain award contender.
Based on a true story scripted by Eric Singer (“The International”), the movie is about a con man named Mel Weinberg who worked with the FBI on a corruption case that “stretched from Atlantic City to Washington, D.C.” There’s no word yet on what role C.K. would play in the film, though there aren’t specifics on what roles any of the confirmed cast members will take yet either.
Unfortunately “Louie” won’t return to FX until spring of 2014, but fans of the legendary comedian can see him a bit sooner in his appearance in Woody Allen's upcoming, “Blue Jasmine,” which will hit theaters later this year.