The first trailer for David O. Russell’s Amsterdam has revealed many new details about the movie, including glimpses at the cast and story elements. Prior to the release of the Amsterdam trailer, much of its production was shrouded in secrecy, but more and more information is coming out as it approaches its release this fall. Promising an entertaining premise featuring a murder most foul and a stacked cast led by Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and John David Washington, Amsterdam is already beginning to generate buzz.
Amsterdam was in development as early as January 2020, with filming expected to commence in April of the same year, but production was delayed almost a year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and Michael B. Jordan were announced to star in the then-unnamed film, but Jordan dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by John David Washington. The rest of the movie’s impressive cast was eventually revealed in 2021, and in April of the following year, its title was revealed to be Amsterdam. With the project generating plenty of excitement due to its first trailer and star-studded cast, here’s everything we know about the upcoming movie Amsterdam.
Amsterdam’s trailer only states the movie is slated for November 2022. However, 20th Century Studios has confirmed the release date to be November 4, 2022. Given that 20th Century Studios’ parent company is The Walt Disney Company, Amsterdam could likely see a release on the streaming service Hulu in the months following its November theatrical run.
One of Amsterdam’s biggest draws is its star-studded cast. The movie is led by actor Christian Bale as Burt, Margot Robbie as Valerie, and John David Washington as Harold, the three leads. Amsterdam will also feature Chris Rock playing Milton, Zoe Saldana as Irma, Mike Myers as Paul, Matthias Schoenaerts as Getwiller, Rami Malek as Tom, and Robert De Niro as Gil. Also seen in Amsterdam’s trailer are Anya Taylor-Joy, Michael Shannon, Timothy Olyphant, Andrea Riseborough, Taylor Swift, and Alessandro Nivola, although it is currently unknown what roles they will play.
Though the trailer for Amsterdam boasts that “a lot of this actually happened,” it is unclear yet whether the movie’s plot is based on true events. A comedic thriller set in the 1930s, Amsterdam follows three friends — played in the movie by Margot Robbie, Christian Bale, and John David Washington — as they travel to the titular city and become entangled in a mystery when they are accused of committing a murder. This forces them to attempt to solve the murder in order to prove their innocence, but the plot proves to be much bigger than any of them ever imagined.
Set to Ten Years After’s “I’d Love to Change the World,” the centerpiece of Amsterdam’s trailer is its impressive cast. The plot is set up through narration by Christian Bale’s Burt: “Two soldiers and a nurse found ourselves in Amsterdam. We formed a pact, and we swore to protect each other no matter what.” Robert De Niro’s Gil reveals that the mysterious death at the center of the plot is a lot deeper than they originally realized, stating, “My friend was killed because of something monstrous he had seen.” Claiming the three leads “alter the course of American history,” the trailer sets audiences up to expect Amsterdam to be a charming comedic thriller of unparalleled star power.