Bale and Cooper for political roles
Christian Bale could be reuniting with The Fighter filmmaker David O Russell for American Bulls***.
The Oscar-winning actor, who next reprises his role as superhero Batman in The Dark Knight Rises, is tipped to star in the political drama, reported Deadline.
Bradley Cooper is currently in talks to join him, although official deals have yet to be signed.
The film, which has been written by Eric Warren Singer, focuses on the 1970s FBI sting, known as "Abscam", that led to the downfall of several US congressmen.
Production is scheduled to begin in January 2013.
Christian - who has filmed two films, Lawless and Knight Of Cups, with acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick - is set to start work on Out Of The Furnace alongside Forest Whitaker, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana.
Bradley, who is shooting Serena with Jennifer Lawrence, is tipped to start production on The Hangover 3 in September.