The 42-year-old actor has signed up for director and fellow Aussie John Polson's indie thriller for GreenStreet Films, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is based on the novel by Robert Cormier -- known for young adult novels "I Am the Cheese" and "The Chocolate War," which has often been banned -- and centers on violent teen Eric Poole, who's graduated from killing animals to offing his own parents. After three years in juvey, he continues targeting young women, including teenage runaway Lori, who can't resist his good looks and charisma.
Crowe will play Lt. Cristofuoro, a police officer who investigates Eric's convoluted past.
Polson has directed two other creepy films, "Swimf@n" and "Hide and Seek."
Crowe, who won an Oscar for 2000's "Gladiator," next stars as an Englishman who inherits a winery in "A Good Year," due out in November. He's set to begin shooting "Tenderness" in May, just before moving on to "American Gangster" in July.