Amy Adams Is a Knockout in Lockup in an Exclusive ‘American Hustle’ Clip

Matt McDaniel
Yahoo Movies

Even in a holding cell Amy Adams still manages to look fab.

Adams and Bradley Cooper face off in this new exclusive clip from director David O. Russell's upcoming drama "American Hustle." The film brings together several veterans of Russell's previous films, including Adams and Christian Bale from "The Fighter," and Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook." Both Adams and Cooper were Oscar nominated the last time they worked with Russell, while their co-stars took home trophies.

In the movie, Adams plays con artist Sydney Prosser who is both in business and in bed with small-time operator Irving Rosenfeld (Bale). But she gets nabbed by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper), who enlists the couple to help him pull sting operations to nail corrupt politicians.

Amy Adams in 'American Hustle'
Amy Adams in 'American Hustle'

Adams really glams it up in the role, going all out in her character's seductive '70s styles. That means a lot of plunging necklines, sparkly gowns, and curly hair (though not quite as extreme as Cooper's 'do). She even gets to kiss Jennifer Lawrence square on the mouth. Adams said at a press conference for the film on Sunday, "I came up with the idea, but she executed it in a way that felt driven purely from character. It didn’t just feel like a moment where two girls are going to kiss onscreen — it felt emotional."

"American Hustle" opens in limited release on Dec. 13, then expands nationwide on Dec. 20.