First look at Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in American Hustle

American Hustle has debuted a first pair of images online, featuring Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper sporting a pair of ‘70s makeovers.

David O. Russell's new film chronicles FBI's 1978 ABSCAM sting operation, designed to bring down a series of corrupt public officials, hence the jaunty outfits and hairstyles.

Bale plays the FBI-employed con artist charged with setting up the sting, while Cooper plays the FBI agent overseeing matters. Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams are also on board as Bale’s wife and lover respectively.

With a sterling supporting cast boasting the likes of Jeremy Renner, Robert De Niro, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack Huston, American Hustle is set to open in the US on 25 December 2013, with a UK date to be confirmed.

Take a look at the new images, below…