A week ago we posted about Brad Pitt leaving State of Play due to script concerns. Then speculation started flying about who would be hired to replace him. The latest rumor is that they’ve brought in Russell Crowe.

It looks like Yahoo is confirming that Crowe is in “final negotations” to join the cast and star alongside Edward Norton.

He will play a political consultant-turned-journalist who heads a newspaper’s murder investigation involving a fast-rising politician (Norton).

This is an excellent choice. As much as I’d like to have seen a Norton/Pitt reunion, Crowe is a solid actor with few misses. Except with a phone! Oh! See what I did there? High fives all around.

I know all this is confusing with people leaving and switching around, so let me clarify everything for you:

Rachel McAdams is in this.