Russell Crowe To Direct Bill Hicks Biopic

Russell Crowe is set to make his directorial debut on a presently untitled biopic about iconic comedian Bill Hicks says The SMH.

Mark Staufer is penning the script about the stand-up comic who began his career at 16, toured the U.S. and U.K. with his edgy and dark brand of humour for much of the 80’s. He died at just 32 from pancreatic cancer.

Staufer says production aims to kick off early next year with casting for the role of Hicks to begin shortly. Crowe is presently shooting Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” in Iceland.