Baz Luhrmann Directs Rus Crowe & Nic Kidman

Baz Luhrmann is to direct Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman later this year in a as yet untitled period epic, according to Variety.

Crowe and Kidman were Down Under and days away from making Fox Searchlight's Eucalyptus with director Jocelyn Moorhouse when the plug was pulled over Crowe's dissatisfaction with a script rewrite.

Kidman quickly aligned to star with Robert Downey Jr., Steven Shainberg-directed Diane Arbus biopic Fur.

Crowe, busy promoting the Ron Howard-directed Cinderella Man, has been looking for a big film to topline this fall.

Timing this time favors Luhrmann, who turned to the Aussie epic only after his Alexander the Great project was beaten to the starting line by Oliver Stone's.

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