Director Michael Corrente, a native of Providence, Rhode Island whose hometown played a major role in his early career (two of his first three films, Outside Providence and Federal Hill -- in which he also starred -- were set there), is set to go home again at the helm of The Prince of Providence, a biopic of the city's notorious (and much-loved) former mayor, Buddy Cianci. Based on a book by Mike Stanton, the movie will detail Cianci's career, from his election in 1974 to his resignation a decade later after pleading no contest to assault, to his reelection in 1991 and his 2001 indictment on racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, witness tampering and mail fraud charges (he's currently in prison in RI NJ).

Needless to say, Cianci is a dream role: A chance to be gregarious, flex acting muscles and, hopefully, get some love at awards time. And at least one major star isn't sitting around waiting for Corrente to call him. According to a report in a Syndey newspaper, Russell Crowe has been in "constant contact" -- Corrente's words -- with the director, and recently invited him to his home, all in an effort to persuade Corrente to give the him the gig. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm sort of afraid for Corrente. Not only is Crowe desperate to play Cianci, but he apparently wants to do a lot more than act in the movie. As the careful Corrente told a reporter, "When you're dealing with a star of this magnitude, he brings in a lot of his own ideas." Uh huh. In other words, Crowe is already trying to take over, before he even gets the job. It's gonna be a long, long shoot.

[via Hollywood Wiretap]
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