Crowe joins the pack for 'Lies'


Twelve years after working together in the "The Quick and the Dead," Russell Crowe is in negotiations to reteam with Leonardo DiCaprio in "Body of Lies," a spy thriller that Ridley Scott is directing for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Scott and Donald De Line are producing the picture, which is an adaptation of Washington Post columnist David Ignatius' novel.

The novel centers on an idealistic CIA agent (DiCaprio), newly stationed in Jordan, who develops an intricate scheme to sow seeds of suspicion among the terrorists he is hunting. However, the plan puts his life in turmoil and threatens his relationship with the head of Jordanian intelligence. Crowe will play DiCaprio's boss.

William Monahan wrote the adaptation. The project was previously known as "Penetration." A late-summer start date is being eyed.

Scott Free's Michael Costigan is executive producing. Lynn Harris is overseeing for Warner Bros. Pictures.

In "Quick and the Dead," Sam Raimi's 1995 Western, Crowe and DiCaprio had second billing to Sharon Stone, who had personally cast them after watching their performances in "Romper Stomper" and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," respectively.

Crowe is a Scott favorite, having starred in three of the director's films, with another, "Nottingham," in development. Crowe next stars in James Mangold's remake of "3:10 to Yuma" opposite Christian Bale and "American Gangster" opposite Denzel Washington. He is repped by WMA.