Warner Bros. has unveiled an all-new trailer for Russell Crowe’s passion project and directorial debut, The Water Diviner.
Set during the fallout of World War I, the Australian drama stars Crowe himself as Joshua Connor, a grieving father who sets forth to Turkey in order to locate the whereabouts of his three missing sons, who were last known to have fought within the infamous Gallipoli campaign of 1915. Taking place on the Gallipoli peninsula, the battle is widely considered to be one of the most defining moment in Turkish history.
But for Crowe’s protagonist, the conflict will underpin a much more personal, emotionally harrowing journey, as the footage above attests. Joining the Oscar-winner for the genre epic are Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Dorman, Megan Gale, and Dylan Georgiades.
Crowe’s directorial debut has already garnered significant critical praise since launching in Australia, which has us feeling cautiously optimistic ahead of The Water Diviner‘s limited release here in the States on April 24.
Russell Crowe stars Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdoğan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and who may be this father’s only hope. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth…and his own peace.