07/11/2012 11:51 am ET

Russell Crowe As Dracula: Oscar-Winning Actor Teaming With Eli Roth For 'Harker'

Russell Crowe may want to suck your blood in an upcoming movie -- and considering Eli Roth is in talks to direct, expect there to be lots of blood. Deadline.com reports that Roth, best known as the horror mastermind behind the "Hostel" franchise, could direct "Harker," a Warner Bros. update of the Dracula myth that would focus on the hunt for the world's most famous vampire.

Crowe's involvement was first reported by Vulture back in February. At the time, it was unclear whether the Oscar-winning actor would play the title vampire hunter or Dracula himself. "Harker" -- which initially was supposed to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra ("Unknown") -- follows Jonathan Harker, a Scotland Yard detective trying to track down Dracula. Per Deadline's Nikki Finke, Crowe is only attached to the first film in this possible franchise (think "Sherlock Holmes"), and no actor is yet aboard to play Harker.

While Crowe pairing with Roth might seem completely insane, note that the two teamed up for RZA's "Man With the Iron Fists," a chopsocky throwback that Roth produced and co-wrote. (Crowe plays the film's villain.) Playing Dracula would give Crowe a trifecta of iconic characters on his upcoming docket: He's also starring as Noah in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" (about Noah's Ark) and Inspector Javert in December's big screen adaptation of "Les Miserables."

For more on "Harker," head over to Deadline.com.

[via Deadline.com]