David O. Russell’s Amsterdam, starring Christian Bale, John David Washington and Margot Robbie, is inspired by the real-life story of a little-known plot to overthrow U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s.
Christian Bale, John David Washington, and Margot Robbie play pals who were reunited years later and accused of murder in the new film Amsterdam.
The film, directed by Oscar nominee David O. Russell and set to open in US theatres on Friday, is based on the story of a 1930s attempt to depose U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
“It’s based on true, jaw-dropping incidents,” Bale explained in an interview.
“The core of it is this heartfelt, heartfelt choice of how to live your life in the face of evil, basically, and how to maintain optimism and joy throughout,” he added.
Christian Bale and John David Washington play injured World War I soldiers who live in Amsterdam with their nurse, played by Margot Robbie.
Years later, the group is reunited when a senator’s daughter, played by pop star Taylor Swift, enlisted their assistance in determining who murdered her father.
Their research eventually leads them to a retired general, played by Robert De Niro, based on a real-life character who exposed the scheme to depose Roosevelt and bring fascism to the United States.
De Niro stated that he believed the picture had resonance with the present political situation in the United States.
“As a young guy, I never truly felt that things like the Holocaust, the Second World War, Hitler, Nazism, all that, I thought that was a nightmare that would never ever be repeated,” De Niro remarked. “We all know that history repeats itself, and this is happening now politically.”
Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rami Malek and Mike Myers round out the cast.