Russell Crowe is set to make his directorial debut in a biopic of late US comedy legend Bill Hicks, which will be written by the actor's schoolmate Mark Staufer.
The 48-year-old star - who has made big screen appearances in 'The Insider', 'Gladiator' and 'A Beautiful Mind' - is stepping behind the camera to helm the movie about the late US comedy legend, which will be written by the Hollywood actor's former schoolmate Mark Staufer.
Russell was originally in talks to portray Bill - who tragically lost his battle with cancer in 1994 aged 32 - in the film, with production due to begin early next year.
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The Gladiator star, who was originally in talks to play the lead role in the project, has agreed to step behind the camera for the film, written by his former schoolmate Mark Staufer.
Production is slated to begin next year (13) and the pair has yet to begin casting, but Staufer tells Britain's 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 the director is an Oscar-winning actor like Russell."
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Bill Hicks grew up in Houston with his pals Dwight and Kevin. His deeply religious mother Mary always knew there was something different about him, as did his older siblings Lynne and Steve. And indeed, by the time he was a teen, he and his friends were sneaking off to comedy clubs, where Bill quickly built a reputation as a funny and very outspoken comic. Over the years, his reputation grew as a regular at Los Angeles' famed Comedy Store and as a recurring guest on David Letterman's show.
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