Warner Bros. Pictures announced Friday that it has acquired domestic distribution rights to Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe’s directorial debut and will release the film in select U.S. theaters on April 24.
“The Water Diviner,” in which Crowe also stars, was shot primarily on location in the wilds of the Australian outback and Turkey. The post-war drama follows an Aussie man on his travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli, in search of his three missing sons.
“The studio has a long history with Russell, going back to his stellar breakthrough performance in ‘L.A. Confidential.’ We’re excited to be collaborating with him again, this time on his directorial debut,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros’ president of Creative Development and Worldwide Production.
The film’s cast includes Olga Kurylenko (“The November Man”), Yilmaz Erdogan (“The Butterfly’s Dream”), Cem Yilmaz (“The Magician”), Jai Courtney (“Divergent”), Ryan Corr (“Not Suitable for Children,” “Where the Wild Things Are”), James Fraser (“The Turning”), Ben O’Toole (TV’s “Love Child”) and Isabel Lucas (“Red Dawn”).
The behind-the-scenes creative team included Academy Award-winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Hobbit” trilogy), production designer Christopher Kennedy (“Lawless”), editor Matt Villa (“The Great Gastby”), costume designer Tess Schofield (“The Sapphires”) and Oscar-nominated composer David Hirschfelder (“Elizabeth,” “Shine”).
— City News Service