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Actor to rejoin Silver Linings Playbook director and co-star Bradley Cooper for drama based on 70s FBI sting operation

Jennifer Lawrence will reunite with her Silver Linings Playbook director David O Russell on the latter's forthcoming conman drama about the Abscam sting operation run by the FBI in the late 1970s.

Lawrence, who is Oscar-nominated for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, joins a stellar cast for Russell's movie, including Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Amy Adams (both of whom worked with Russell on The Fighter), and Jeremy Renner.

Originally titled American Bullshit, the film is based on real-life events that saw the FBI use a known con artist called Melvin Weinberg to pose as an Arab businessman, Kambir Abdul Rahman, and expose corruption of public officials. Russell's movie is not a direct replication of events, but will see Bale play a conman working with an "out-of-control federal »

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