Rupert Murdoch's had a bit of a rough year, what with all the phone-hacking accusations and the odd pie to the face, but here's something to cheer him up: Russell Crowe is apparently first choice to play the media mogul on screen.
However, before Rupe gets too pleased with the choice of the Kiwi hardman to play him, perhaps he should consider the nature of the film, which aims to depict a secret and controversial deal between the Australian and Maggie Thatcher.
The 'Gladiator' and 'Master And Commander' star is thought to be a prominent choice to play the mogul in the screen versionof Sunday Times editor Sir Harold Evans' memoirs, Good Times, Bad Times, the Evening Standard reports. Oscar-winner Colin Firth is said to be in line for a part as Sir Harold.
Leon Lecash, creative director of filmmakers who've bought the rights to the book told the Standard: "The film will be a drama, when Citizen Kane meets All The President's Men, either for the big screen or television. It is very early days as the option deal with Harry was only just completed. No actors or even writers have been signed up yet."
The film will reportedly focus on Murdoch's purchase of The Times, which many have alleged only occurred because Margaret Thatcher bent rules on media ownership in exchange for support. It is likely to see a less sympathetic portrayal of Mrs Thatcher than Meryl Streep's Oscar winning turnin 'The Iron Lady'.
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