Hollywood actor Russell Crowe of Gladiator fame has replaced the
late actor Heath Ledger in the forthcoming Australian movie
Dirt Music. The movie is an adaptation of a Booker prize
shortlisted novel by Tim Winton.
Initially, Ledger was signed to play the male lead role in the
film opposite Rachel Weisz. But, the actor left the project to take
up the role of the Joker in The Dark Knight. Moreover, the actor
passed away in 2008 thus clearing the way for Crowe.
Phillip Noyce, the director of the film, has now confirmed that
the movie will start rolling with Russell Crowe in the lead.
He added, “We were almost prepared with the money and the lead
actors Heath and Rachel Weisz. But, then Health wanted to play the
Joker so none could argue with that. It took some time to find out
someone suitable to play the lead role 'Luther"."
With Dirt Music, Crowe will be seen in an Australian movie in
more than a decade.