Director Allen Hughes Elects Russell Crowe as Mayor of 'Broken City'

August 8, 2011

Russell Crowe

Back in November of 2010, we learned director Allen Hughes, one-half of the Hughes Brothers directing duo behind films like The Book of Eli and Menace II Society, would be working with Mark Wahlberg on a project called Broken City. Since then we haven't heard much development on the project, but recently it was revealed that Bradley Cooper had replaced Wahlberg in David O. Russell's adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook, so he could shoot this film instead. Now it sounds like development is moving along quickly as Deadline reports Russell Crowe has now joined the cast of the $60 million film described as a noir drama.

The story follows an ex-cop-turned-private detective who is hired by the mayor (Crowe) to see if his wife is cheating on him. The private eye confirms those suspicions, and when the mayor's wife's cheating partner ends up dead, the private eye immerses himself in the mayor's business and uncovers a real estate scandal that involves the pol dealing himself choice city-owned properties. Brian Tucker's script, which appeared at #8 on 2008 Black List, so this is one of those films that audiences should definitely be looking forward to down the road. Crowe has booked some interesting roles as of late, including playing Jor-El in Man of Steel, but this one feels more along the lines of his work in American Gangster and L.A. Confidential and that sounds good to me.

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