William Hurt Set To Take On 'The Countess'

William HurtEthan Hawke may be out of Julie Delpy's upcoming drama, "The Countess," but she's just added a dose of cool to the growing cast with one of our favorite actors: William Hurt.

Delpy, currently making the rounds promoting her feature directing debut "2 Days in Paris," was excited to tell us that "William Hurt is now on board. And so is Daniel Bruhl (who appears in her current film), a fantastic German actor."

So who does Hurt portray in this telling of Elizabeth Bathory, the famed "blood Countess" of the 16th century? Delpy told us he "is playing the most Machiavellian [character]. He's not a murderer. He's a very powerful man. There's a lot of political intrigue."

Delpy stars in the film alongside already confirmed actors Radha Mitchell and Vincent Gallo. She laughed, "People don't write me good parts. I have to write them for myself. It's going to be a hard road but I'm interested in doing something extremely different."

If all goes according to plan "The Countess," which Delpy describes as "a romantic drama with a hint of a thriller" will begin filming at the end of October.