Russell Crowe will make his feature directorial debut, taking his turn behind the camera to helm and star in The Water Diviner.
The film is to be set in 1919 and will tell the story of an Australian father who travels to Turkey to find his two sons who are missing after the battle of Gallipoli.
The film would seem to be an ideal project for Crowe, who will also star, if the project's official blurb is anything to go by: "It's 1919, and as the stench of cordite that has engulfed the world thins, an Australian father arrives at Gallipoli to recover the bodies of his sons, only to find hope where he thought there was none. "
The project is the latest in a long line of Australian films on Gallipoli which began with The Hero of the Dardanelles in 1915 and culminated with Peter Weir's 1981 masterpiece Gallipoli, which starred a young Mel Gibson and Mark Lee.
The Water Diviner has been co-written by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios and will be shot in Turkey and Australia later this year. Hopscotch Films’ Troy Lum is producing the project with further casting details to be announced in the coming months.
Crowe is currently enjoying international box office success thanks to the latest Superman installment, Man Of Steel, which took nearly $200 million at opening last weekend.
Man of Steel stars British hunk Henry Cavill as the legendary superhero and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
Crowe plays Superman’s biological dad.
Having only appeared in films with adult content, Man of Steel is the first movie Crowe has allowed his sons to see, but the boys were less than impressed due to the minimal number of scenes their dad appears in.
"I have a six-year-old and nine-year-old and I have to be honest that came into play in making my decision (to accept the role) so they could see one movie I did,'' Crowe told UK talkshow host Graham Norton.
"Gladiator is way too violent and Les Miserables has prostitution. So they have never been able to see a film of mine and now they have. I'm hardly in it so when they did see it they said: What's the big deal?''
Crowe, Cavill and director Zack Snyder will be at Monday's Australian premiere.