Russell Crowe is in final negotiations to replace Brad Pitt in the big screen version of the BBC political thriller 'State of Play'.

Pitt left the project last week after disagreements about the shooting script.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Crowe will join Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn and Jason Bateman in the Kevin Macdonald-directed film.

Macdonald also directed 'The Last King of Scotland', 'Touching the Void' and 'One Day in September'.

'State of Play' tells the story of a journalist whose investigation of a woman's death leads him to his friend, a successful politician.

Crowe will play the journalist with Norton playing the politician.

Pitt can currently be seen on Irish cinema screens in 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford'. Read the review here.

Crowe can currently be seen in 'American Gangster'. Read the review here.