Russell Crowe will star opposite Mark Wahlberg in Allen Hughes’ noir drama Broken City. As we previously reported, Wahlberg is playing an ex-cop turned private detective who is hired by the mayor (Wahlberg) to see if the mayor’s wife is cheating on him. When the wife’s lover ends up dead, the private detective becomes embroiled in the mayor’s scandalous affairs. Deadline reports the “scandalous affairs” involves the mayor and some shady real-estate dealings. I don’t know why crimes involving real estate make great noir tales, but they do. I guess it goes to a corruption of the American dream of owning property.
Wahlberg recently wrapped shooting on Contraband, which is set to open on January 13, 2012. Crowe is playing Jor-El in Man of Steel and recently shot RZA’s kung-fu flick The Man with the Iron Fists. No start date has been announced for Broken City. The film is budgeted at $60 million and comes from a 2008 Black List script by Brian Tucker.