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Eli Roth May Direct Russell Crowe As Dracula

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27:  Australian actor Russell Crowe talks during a press conference to announce he will join the cast of "Ben Hur" as the narrator at the Blue Hotel on July 27, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. ANZ Stadium will be transformed into a Roman Amphitheater for the live production that will bring to life the Academy Award winning epic movie of the same title that starred American actor Charleston Heston in October, 2010.  (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Russell Crowe

When Vulture heard in February that Russell Crowe was sparking the Dracula reimagining Harker, we were in no way sure Crowe was considering the role of the Count, which he's now signed on for. (Between Harker, RZA's The Man With the Iron Fists, and starring in Darren Aronofsky's Noah, Crowe is all over the damned place.) Nor did we know Eli Roth, seminal purveyor of torture porn via Hostel, would be approached to direct. Whoa.

Photo: Graham Denholm/2010 Getty Images