Olga Kurylenko to Star in Russell Crowe's 'The Water Diviner'

9:38 AM PST 10/18/2013 by Stuart Kemp
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Mister Smith Entertainment is handling sales of the project at AFM.

Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) has been cast opposite Oscar winner Russell Crowe in the actor's upcoming directorial debut, The Water Diviner.

Crowe's debut is billed as an epic adventure set soon after the end of World War I when an Australian father arrives in Turkey in search of his three sons, supposedly lost in the battle of Gallipoli.

Hopscotch Features and Fear of God Films announced Kurylenko's addition to the cast.

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Sales and distribution banner Mister Smith Entertainment will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming 2013 American Film Market (AFM) in November.

The Water Diviner is being produced by Andrew Mason and Troy Lum (Saving Mr. Banks) for Hopscotch Features and by Keith Rodger (Robin Hood) for Crowe's own Fear of God Films.

The screenplay is by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios.

Shooting is scheduled to begin Dec. 2 in Australia.

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RatPac Entertainment, having recently concluded its slate funding arrangement with Warner Bros. (in partnership with Dune Entertainment) is making its first move in independent production funding with The Water Diviner and RatPac founders James Packer and Brett Ratner will serve as exec producers on the film.

Mister Smith Entertainment CEO David Garrett said: "We anticipate great interest from our buyers in Russell Crowe's directorial debut. It is a compelling, emotional story, set across a sweeping landscape, and the strong script together with the casting of international star Olga Kurylenko opposite Russell gives this film huge worldwide appeal."

Crowe is represented by WME and Kurylenko is represented by Tavistock Wood and CAA.

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