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Russell Crowe Saves 'State of Play'

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Dec 04, 2007 | 5:17am EST

Russell Crowe has been confirmed as Brad Pitt's replacement in political thriller State of Play after Hollywood-strike-related issues forced the Troy star to pull out of the project.

Director Kevin Macdonald flew to Crowe's native Australia in an attempt to persuade him to take the role immediately, as production begins this month.

Pitt, 43, was onboard the film for months, but pulled out citing concerns with the script--sparking Hollywood fears the actor may face legal action from studio bosses at Universal Pictures after walking away from a film that was stalled by a strike.

A star-studded cast including Edward NortonHelen Mirren and Rachel McAdams has already signed on to the film, an adaptation of a 2003 British TV miniseries.

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