Russell Crowe is heading to New York to play the lead in Voltage Prods.’ drama “Fathers and Daughters,” directed by Gabriele Muccino.

Besides Voltage, production companies are Busted Shark Prods., Fear of God Films and Leone Films. Producers are Craig J. Flores and Nicolas Chartier of Voltage and Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark.

Crowe and Keith Rodger will also exec produce via their Fear of God production shingle along with Romilda De Luca. AndreaLeone Films will also co-produce and handle Italian distribution rights.

“Fathers and Daughters,” a Blacklist script penned by Brad Desch, is a love story between a father and daughter living in New York City 25 years apart. Crowe will portray a famous novelist and widower struggling with mental illness as he tries to raise his 5-year-old daughter; the story will also focus on the 30-year-old daughter’s life in present-day Manhattan where she battles the aftermath of her troubled childhood.

The female lead has not been cast.

Crowe recently starred in “Man of Steel” and will next be seen in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and Akiva Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale.” He’s in pre-production on his directorial debut with “The Water Diviner.”

“This is a performance-driven movie, and therefore I couldn’t ask for a better actor than Russell to deliver this intensely emotional drama,” Muccino said. “It’s edgy, heart-wrenching, and uplifting at the same time. To me, it feels like a classic American movie that recalls the great character dramas of the ’70s.”

Clark developed the screenplay with Desch and it was one of the first projects under her new Busted Shark banner.

Voltage is handling foreign sales on the picture, and will be selling at the American Film Market. Dominic Rustam negotiated the deal on behalf of Voltage.

Muccino’s credits include “Seven Pounds” and “Playing for Keeps.”

Chartier most recently produced Sony’s political thriller “The Company You Keep” and Terry Gilliam’s “Zero Theorem.” He exec produced and financed Joe Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon” and Matthew McConaughey’s “The Dallas Buyers Club.”

Flores was an exec producer on “The Company You Keep.”

Crowe is repped by WME. Muccino is repped by CAA and Beth Holden and Laura Rister at Untitled. Desch is repped by ICM Partners and Jill McElroy at Management 360.