A New Zealand-born Australian thesp Russell Crowe, the Best Actor Oscar for Gladiator has signed on to play the key role of the mayor in the new Allen Hughes noir film Broken City.
The flick already has Mark Wahlberg in the lead, playing an ex cop who is hired by the mayor (Crowe) to look into whether his wife is cheating on him. After her boyfriend ends up dead, the P.I. gets sucked into a shadowy underworld of dirty politics and murder and start digging into the politician’s business and uncovering a real estate scandal.
The Broken City screenplay written by Brian Tucker made the 2008 Black List so it’s definitely worth checking out.
Allen Hughes (The Book of Eli) is directing independently financed noir drama Broken City and will begin production this November. As for Wahlberg, he is not only starring, but also producing through his Closest to the Hole banner.
As all of you probably know Crowe has been tapped for the role of Superman’s father in Man of Steel and recently shot RZA’s kung-fu action pic The Man with the Iron Fists. Therefore, RZA offered the following tidbit:
… Russell’s gonna be the baddest man alive. That man is in fighting shape. That man will knock you out…. He’s a master of the craft. I’m quite sure that I may learn something from him.
Yep. Look, I just hope Broken City will be the project that simply allows both Hughes and Crowe to retrace their steps.
In that name watch Crowe in the American Gangster trailer.
American Gangster Trailer