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Arc of Justice, a new possible project for Russell, has lost its financial backer. Hoping they find another as this sounded intriguing. Source: Deadline
Last year, Dailan Wanda Group joined with veteran filmmakers Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon to create an independent/awards-caliber film division called The O Project. The first film was to be the $12.5M-budgeted drama that had Russell Crowe and David Oyelowo negotiating to star. Arc of Justice, which was to go before the cameras on October 1 with helmer José Padilha, has just run aground. That gritty courtroom drama based on the book Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age now is in limbo because the Chinese government has placed restrictions on investment into the U.S. — which includes film production, causing Wanda to pull out.
Arc of Justice sounds like one heck of a timely project. It’s based on the true story of a racially charged 1925 incident in Detroit that ended with African-American doctor Ossian Sweet (Oyelowo) charged with murder and the NAACP mounting a defense led by Clarence Darrow (who was to be played by Crowe). Crowe, who won a Best Actor Oscar for Gladiator and has been nominated twice since (A Beautiful Mind, The Insider), and Oyelowo, who gave an Oscar-worthy performance in Selma, had been well into negotiations when the money was yanked by Wanda.
Casting announcement for Boy Erased at Variety
Joel Edgerton will direct and star with Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman – a trio of Antipodeans – in a film for Focus Features based on “Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family.” Other casting includes Flea – of Red Hot Chili Peppers – Cherry Jones, Xavier Dolan and Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea). Excerpt:
The film will tell the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.
Former NRL player and current coach Shane Walker talks about his time at South Sydney and Russell Crowe – at the Queensland Times
Gretchen Mol from 3:10 to Yuma talks about working with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale at A.V. Club
3:10 To Yuma (2007)—“Alice Evans”
AVC: Would you say this is your biggest brush with a kind of big-budget action movie?
GM: You can probably see on my résumé I haven’t been a part of that many big-budget situations or big Hollywood movies. 3:10 To Yuma felt—and yet it probably wasn’t, by Russell Crowe’s standards, I’m sure it was an indie movie where he took a big pay cut. For me, it was so cool to be on that with James Mangold and such, such great actors. That was my experience, too, sitting across from Russell Crowe and doing that scene with him. I remember thinking, “Aha! It’s a movie star.” That’s the feeling you get when you’re acting with someone who’s not only a phenomenal, amazing actor, but has that other quality.
AVC: Especially in that movie, he’s presumably amping up the iconic thing due to his role.
GM: As an actor, he’s extremely talented and great, but he did have that extra thing there that you could feel in the room. You could feel the camera moving toward him as opposed to him moving toward the camera. Very interesting to see.
Batavia mutiny one step closer to becoming Hollywood movie – at PerthNow
Fear of God film company has started work on the screenplay about the Batavia murder spree.
The film will be based on the 1963 bestseller Islands of Angry Ghosts by WA author and veteran shipwreck hunter Hugh Edwards.
Edwards, 84, spilled the beans to Freo Streetwise magazine, revealing that Crowe’s company this month renewed the rights to film the maritime tragedy.
“They have a screenwriter working on it, but I’m not supposed to say anything about that,” Edwards told the publication.
The screenwriter is Andrew Anastasios, who worked on Crowe’s The Water Diviner.
Russell on the road – at Northern Star
Photo below – selfie from council staff Lena Ma. Russell was on a road trip with his boys (the article says he stopped to buy them pies and sandwiches) last week in the cattle station of Casino, located in northern NSW, inland from Ballina. The Zen Master posed for selfies with locals.