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Russell Crowe to Make Directorial Debut With WWI-Era Drama

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

Russell Crowe is set to direct his first film, The Water Diviner, in which he'll also star. Deadline says Crowe has long planned to helm the picture, which will film later this year in Crowe's native Australia as well as in Turkey. Set in 1919, it's about an Australian dad who heads to Turkey in search of his two sons, who went missing in the aftermath of WWI's Battle of Gallipoli.

Photo: Graham Denholm/2010 Getty Images