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First Image: Russell Crowe’s Helming Debut ‘The Water Diviner’

Epic adventure pic, which stars Crowe and Olga Kurylenko, is shooting in Australia

LONDON — The first image has been released from the set of Russell Crowe’s feature helming debut, “The Water Diviner,” which is shooting in Australia before moving on to Turkey. Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales on the epic adventure pic, which stars Crowe and Olga Kurylenko (“Oblivion,” “Quantum of Solace”).

The film is set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons.

The supporting cast including leading Turkish actors Yilmaz Erdogan (“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”) and Cem Yilmaz (“Hokkabaz”), Australian actors Jai Courtney (“A Good Day to Die Hard,” “Jack Reacher”), Steve Bastoni (“Underbelly”), Isabel Lucas (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”), Ryan Corr (“Not Suitable for Children”), Dan Wyllie (“The Turning”), Damon Herriman (“The Lone Ranger”), Jacqueline McKenzie (“Mental”), Michael Dorman (“Wonderland”) and Megan Gale (“I Love You Too”), and introducing Dylan Georgiades.

The screenplay is by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios. Cinematography is by Andrew Lesnie.

Pic is being produced by Andrew Mason (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Adore”) and Troy Lum (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Mao’s Last Dancer”) for Hopscotch Features, and by Keith Rodger (“Robin Hood”) for Fear of God Films, with backing from RatPac Entertainment, the Seven Network, and private investors.

RatPac Entertainment’s James Packer and Brett Ratner executive produce.

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