Russell Crowe has signed on to star in Sleeping Dogs, a crime thriller based on E.O. Chirovici‘s 2017 novel The Book of Mirrors. The film will mark the directorial debut of Adam Cooper, who has also co-written the script alongside longtime writing partner Bill Collage.
The film will revolve around Roy Freeman, a retired homicide detective who is undergoing a cutting-edge Alzheimer’s treatment. When a death row inmate Freeman helped lock away begins to claim innocence, Freeman begins to reexamine the circumstances around the case. With the help of his parents, Freeman must fight to get back his memories and uncover the truth.
Cooper and Collage have previously penned films such as video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, Ridley Scott‘s historical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, mid-2000s comedy Accepted, and Olsen Twins movie New York Minute. That’s some impressive genre diversity. Hopefully that adaptability shines through with Sleeping Dogs. Cooper said of casting Crowe:
“Our memory of the past is what gives us context for who we are. A character who is bereft in this capacity comes with a very complex kind of humanity — and there’s no one better at embodying complex characters than Russell Crowe.”
Crowe was most recently seen playing Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder. His next film is comedy The Greatest Beer Run Ever, in which he stars alongside Zac Efron.
That hits Apple TV+ on Friday, September 30. Other films Crowe has in development include crime drama Poker Face, superhero film Kraven The Hunter, and horror film The Georgetown Project.
Filming on Sleeping Dogs is scheduled to begin in January 2023.