Russell Crowe is considering playing the role of Bill Hicks in a new film after his current project, Ridley Scott’s 'Nottingham', was delayed.

'Nottingham' will not go ahead until March next year because Scott wants the colour of the leaves on the trees to be right.

Crowe revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald that he would spend more time at home, and also look at working on a number of other projects, including the Hicks film.

He said: "More time in Australia is always a bonus. I have another project based on the life of comedian Bill Hicks, which is going from treatment to draft stage with Kiwi writer Mark Staufer."

Hicks, who died in 1994, has attained cult status for his incendiary stand-up comedy and is still widely read, watched and quoted.