Jackman replaces Crowe in Luhrmann movie
The news from Yahoo gives us the plot outline:
set in northern Australia before World War II. Shooting starts in February. The film centers on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2,000 head of cattle across the country's most unforgiving landscape, only to face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces.
It also manages to grab a nice quote from Luhrmann himself about Jackman's talent, and how he holds no grudge against Crowe...
"He just continues to astound in terms of his range, whether it's (his Tony-winning turn in) 'Boy From Oz' or 'Wolverine," Luhrmann said in an interview. "He's always been a leading man, but he is moving toward being an iconic leading man, which is perfect for the story we're doing."
Luhrmann also said he expects to work again with his friend Crowe. "I know that Russell and I want to work together. The question is on what," he said. "Working with Russell in the future is something that I definitely look forward to doing."
I think this is a much, much better acting choice than Crowe, and indeed Ledger. Plus Jackman has the publics attention in an extremely positive way right now, as well as the gap in his schedule!