Russell Crowe may join Leonardo DiCaprio in the political thriller "Body of Lies," which makes sense since it's directed by Ridley Scott.
The project is set up at Warner Bros. with "Departed" Oscar winner William Monahan adapting the book by David Ignatius. Production on "Body of Lies" may be ready to go forward by this fall, which would put it ahead of Scott and Crowe's proposed collaboration on Universal's "Nottingham," which likely won't be ready to go until early next year.
Either way, Scott directed Crowe to an Oscar for "Gladiator," though their work together on last year's "A Good Year" earned neither awards nor box office. Hopes are far higher for this winter's "American Gangster," which also stars Denzel Washington.
In "Body of Lies," DiCaprio would play a young CIA operative in Jordan who hatches a plan to flush out an Al Qaeda leader by spreading rumors that he's working with the Americans. DiCaprio's involvement with the film first popped up in the trades in April and Crowe has been circling ever since to play the operative's CIA boss.
If Crowe would just go out of his way to cast Sharon Stone in the film, he could have a full-fledged reunion of Sam Raimi's 1995 revisionist Western "Quick and the Dead," though that seems unlikely.
In addition to "American Gangster," Crowe will also be seen this fall in James Mangold's remake of "3:10 to Yuma," opposite Christian Bale.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times