Though his acting career is seemingly still going along swimmingly (he’s got roles in The Man With the Iron Fists, Les Misérables, Man of Steel, and Noah coming up), Australian (by way of New Zealand) superstar Russell Crowe has decided that the time has finally come for him to dip his toe into the world of directing. Which makes sense, the guy has his own band, did you really think it was going to be long before he started making his own movies?

So, what’s the project that’s gotten Crowe’s attention and inspired him to make his debut in the director’s chair? A script about the life of legendary standup comedian Bill Hicks. An exploration of the comedian’s fast-burn life and career already came to the big screen in the form of a 2009 documentary called American: The Bill Hicks Story, but Crowe’s interest in Hicks stems from a treatment he heard all the way back in 2008 by his former classmate and screenwriter Mark Staufer.

When talking to The Telegraph, Staufer said of the upcoming project, “Bill Hicks’ life is tragically short, but spectacularly interesting. The screenplay has gone through a number of drafts and we’ll go into production early next year.”

This, of course, leaves one big question hanging in the air: who is going to have presence enough to pull off playing an iconic figure like Hicks? Would Crowe himself be crazy enough to step into the role? Reportedly he was rolling the idea around in his head early on, but as production on the film has gotten closer, the decision to cast someone else has been made. “It is a huge role for someone, made all the more special, or downright scary, by the fact the director is an Oscar-winning actor like Russell,” says Staufer.

What say you? Which young actor out there has the comedic chops and the undercurrent of anger to properly portray this, most influential of comedic voices? Personally, I’m pulling for Aubrey Plaza in a dude wig. [via The Playlist]

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