Russell Crowe, Toni Collette, Liev Schreiber And More To Helm Segments Of Sydney Unplugged

We've seen directors express their love of the French capital in Paris, Je' T'aime and others explored the five boroughs in New York, I Love You. Now it's time for filmmakers to express their adoration for the largest city in Australia.

As first reported last June, producers Gary Hamilton and John Polson are currently working to create their own love letter to Sydney, Australia - titled Sydney Unplugged - and today they have announced the list of directors that will be tackling segments in the compilation film. THR reports that Anthony LaPaglia, Toni Collette, Alex Proyas, David Michod, Ivan Sen, John Curran, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Liev Schreiber, Rachel Ward, Ray Lawrence and Russell Crowe have all signed on to direct one of 12 stories that will make up the anthology. The film will mark the first time that LaPaglia and Collette have worked behind the camera. Production is scheduled to start in the second half of 2012 and shooting will all be done within the city.

Said Polson when the lineup was announced, "It’s no secret some hugely talented directors, actors and others either live here or are from here. It’s about time this talent got together to tell stories that showcase one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The people that have stepped up to take part in this project are beyond our wildest dreams."

To go with the announcement, a teaser trailer of sorts has been launched online. Check it out below.

While there are some interesting names listed here, there are some key missing names, including John Hillcoat, Baz Luhrmann, Craig Gillespie and Phillip Noyce. Perhaps they were all simply too busy working on their own projects to take part in this one.

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