Big ensemble casts are all the rage at the moment, with films like Knives Out, Dune and Don’t Look Up being big successes, not to mention the Avengers films. So count us intrigued by the upcoming film Amsterdam from director David O. Russell, known for films like Three Kings, American Hustle and Silver Linings playbook. Set for a November release, the film boasts a large ensemble bringing together some of the best talent in Hollywood.
And big the cast is: the film is being led by a formidable trio including Batman and The Big Short actor Christian Bale, Harley Quinn and upcoming star of Barbie Margot Robbie and John David Washington, who broke out with films like Blackkklansman and Tenet. And they’re not all: joining them onscreen are Chris Rock (no slap jokes please) rising star Anya-Taylor Joy, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers actress Zoe Saldana, Mike Myers (as part of his ongoing comeback), Michael Shannon, Timothy Olyphant, and Rami Malek.
Oh, and not to mention little known celebrities Taylor Swift and Robert DeNiro.
THeSo, with a cast that expansive, what story might be told? Well, the plot’s been kept tightly under wraps so far. But what we do know is that the film will be a kind of murder mystery, in which three friends- a doctor (Bale), a nurse (Robbie) and an attorney (Washington)- all witness and become prime suspects in a murder in 1930s Amsterdam, and soon find themselves uncovering one of the most secret and outrageous plots in American history.
They soon find themselves uncovering one of the most secret and outrageous plots in American history
The official trailer for the film was released a few days ago, and though it doesn’t give away too much more from the film’s plot, it does show Bale, Robbie, Washington, Rock, Swift and DeNiro and others in action trying to get to the bottom of the murder mystery. Bale, Robbie and Washington’s characters have formed a pact to protect themselves, and they’re going to need it if the trailer is anything to go by, with Chris Rock’s detective character not rating their chances of being proved innocent. It promises some great direction and a twisty turny, unconventional story that blurs the line between fact and fiction, as well as being a lot of fun.
Release date: 4th November
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