When a biopic about social critic and comedian Bill Hicks started coming together in 2008, Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe was rumored to play the starring role. Effective today, that spot is vacant, as it seems Crowe will direct—rather than star in—the long-delayed Hicks biopic.
Russell Crowe has won heaps of accolades for his work in films like Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind. He’s currently filming a biblical epic called Noah in Iceland. This biopic will mark his directorial debut.
Russel Crowe’s longtime friend and the film’s writer Mark Staufer told The Telegraph:
“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. It is a huge role for someone, made all the more special, or downright scary, by the fact that the director s an Oscar-winning actor like Russell.”
A documentary called American: The Bill Hicks Story came out in 2011. Filmmakers are currently looking for another actor to portray Hicks. Production is expected to start next year.