Actors Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe have reportedly signed up to star in director Shane Black’s upcoming movie, Nice Guys.
Set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, the movie will revolve around two detectives, Jackson Healy and Holland March, and their investigation of a porn star’s suicide. What seems at first like an open-and-shut case becomes complicated after the victim’s aunt claims to have seen her alive after the suicide. Soon the two are looped into a conspiracy that somehow involves the U.S. auto industry.
Back in June, The Wrap reported a concern that the project would conflict with Crowe’s publicity schedule for his directorial debut, The Water Diviner; but it appears that the schedules have been worked out, and the movie is moving forward.
Joel Silver (Splice, Bullet to the Head, Non-Stop) will produce the flick, and Entertainment Weekly reports that Warner Bros. is circling it. Black wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi, with whom he will also collaborate on Sony’s forthcoming film, Doc Savage.
It’s unclear when the movie will be released. Black, who most recently directed Iron Man 3, is set to direct Fox’s upcoming reboot of the Predator franchise; Russell Crowe is working on Fathers and Daughters with Aaron Paul; and Gosling’s personal life is dominating the headlines, as reports spread that he and girlfriend Eva Mendes are expecting their first child.