He’s worked with Michael Mann, Ridley Scott, Peter Weir, Sam Raimi and most recently, Darren Aronofsky, and now last year, Russell Crowe embarked on directing his first narrative feature. The Water Diviner is a historical drama that tells the story of an Australian farmer (Crowe), who journeys to Turkey in order to find his three missing sons, following the Battle of Gallipoli in World War I.

Shot by Andrew Lesnie (whose worked with Peter Jackson on all of his LOTR and Hobbit films), the first look has landed today thanks to a seven-minute featurette. Narrated by Crowe, he does an effective job at showcasing why he wanted to make the film, as well as show off some footage that displays a fairly impressive, sweeping scope. Check out the featurette below for the film starring also starring Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr and Jacqueline McKenzie.

The Water Diviner will likely premiere at film festivals this year, but hasn’t acquired U.S. distribution yet.

What do you think of the first look?

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