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Jeremy Renner to Join David O. Russell's Crime Drama 'American Bullshit'

July 18, 2012 (4:13 am) GMT
The 'Bourne Legacy' actor is in talks to replace Bradley Cooper, who is now set to tackle the role which has been turned down by Christian Bale.
Jeremy Renner

is close to land his first movie project for 2013. Variety has the words that the Hawkeye of "" is in talks star in Sony Pictures' high-end crime drama called "American Bullshit", which will be directed by David O. Russell.

Should Renner sign the deal with Sony, he will tackle a pivotal role that was originally set for . Meanwhile, Cooper himself is set to take over the role that has been turned down by .

"American Bullshit" follows a true story of Abscam, an FBI's 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress to root out corruption which was the brainchild of the world's greatest con man, Mel Weinberg. Renner is expected to play Jimmy Boyle, the FBI agent who busts Cooper's Weinberg and then partners with him during the sting.

Eric Warren Singer pens the script, which is included in the top 10 of the 2012 Black List. The production is set to begin in February 2013.

As for Renner, the "" actor will soon be seen in "", which is due in the U.S. on August 10. His other upcoming films include "" and an untitled James Gray project, which also stars and .

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