Russell Crowe is in talks to star for Fox Searchlight in “Eucalyptus,” a Jocelyn Moorehouse-directed adaptation of the Murray Bail novel.
The book is a popular fable set in South Wales, where a widower announces his beautiful daughter can marry only the man who can identify each of the hundreds of species of eucalyptus trees overwhelming the grounds of his estate.
However, the daughter has become smitten with a mysterious New Zealander who has enchanted her with a tale to correspond with each eucalyptus tree.
Crowe would play the storyteller.
Moorehouse, who directed Crowe in 1991’s “Proof,” rewrote the most recent draft of the script.
Crowe is playing Depression-era fighter Jim Braddock in “Cinderella Man” for Universal, Miramax and Imagine.