Bryce Dallas Howard has reportedly been dropped from Australian RUSSELL CROWE's new movie Eucalyptus, because the actor wants a co-star from his homeland.

American beauty Dallas Howard - whose father is OSCAR-winning director RON HOWARD - was critically lauded for her role in M Night Shyamalan thriller THE VILLAGE, and was lined up to play Crowe's love interest in the film.

But, according to Australian newspaper the MELBOURNE SUN, she was dropped because Crowe and director Jocelyn Moorhouse "want an Aussie actor, preferably unknown".

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