Amsterdam, Christian Bale’s star-studded film, blends fact, fiction and teamwork

Director David O. Russell has involved his star-studded cast in the creation of his new crime drama Amsterdam. The five-time Oscar nominee reunited with his The Fighter and American Hustle star Christian Bale to develop the film, with the duo meeting in restaurants for several years to brainstorm ideas.

“He had no script. He just had a few ideas. We started to exchange music that we listened to, pieces of history that we learned. David was scribbling it all down. And then, over the years and years, I made up this story,” Bale told Reuters at the film’s European premiere in London on Wednesday.

Likewise, Bale’s co-star Margot Robbie has been asked to bring her character to life.

“I talked to David about Valerie for years before I started making the movie. It was kind of like a creative process that just kept evolving,” Robbie said.

Amsterdam is set in 1918 and the early 1930s and revolves around three friends, Burt Berendsen (Bale), Harold Woodman (John David Washington) and Valerie (Robbie), whose paths cross in a war-torn Europe. war and make a pact to always protect each other.

Returning to New York after World War I, scarred inside and out, Burt begins practicing experimental medicine and Harold becomes a lawyer, defending the vulnerable. When their wartime battalion commander’s daughter turns to them for help after her sudden and suspicious death, the trio find themselves entangled in a dangerous political plot.

Elements of the film are inspired by real historical events and figures, including an attempted fascist coup against US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“We wanted to see a friendship that we wanted to have, a triangle of people who would do absolutely anything for each other no matter what,” Bale said.

“They were sort of forged in the crucible of the Great War, and they said they would do anything for each other, and they stick to it no matter what, even when ‘they get sucked into this big killer rap and then this huge global conspiracy, which is crazy but actually based on facts,’ Bale said.

In addition to its top three, the film features a star-studded cast including Taylor Swift, Robert De Niro, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rami Malek, and Mike Myers.

Amsterdam begins its worldwide theatrical rollout on October 6.

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