Louie star Louis C.K. is in negotiations to star in the Untitled David O. Russell Project, which was formerly titled American Bullsh*t.

The story centers on Melvin Weinberg (Christian Bale), a con artist who worked with the F.B.I. to uncover a vast conspiracy that stretched from Atlantic City to Washington D.C. Louis C.K. will portray an FBI agent. Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams also star.

David O. Russell is directing from a screenplay by Eric Singer (The International). Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will produce for Atlas Entertainment, alongside Annapurna Pictures' Megan Ellison and Ted Schipper. Annapurna Pictures is fully financing the project, with a late 2013 release date being eyed. Columbia Pictures is distributing.