Russell Crowe Joins RZA And Eli Roth For ‘The Man With The Iron Fist’

My favorite news of the day, right here. Eli Roth and Wu-Tang producer/emcee RZA are teamed up for an ass-kicking martial arts flick, “The Man With the Iron Fist.” That’s not news. They’ve been working with Quentin Tarantino on this for five years, and only recently got the green light from Universal with a $20 million budget attached.

No, the news here falls more into the “so bizarre it’s awesome” category. RZA was doing some talking on the red carpet at Sunday’s 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and he told E! Online that Russell Crowe will star in the film. Wait, really? Yup. The Wu founder wouldn’t reveal much, but he did say that Crowe is “gonna be the baddest man alive.” RZA, who writes and directs, will also have a starring role, as a weaponsmith in Feudal China. “That man will knock you out,” he said of Crowe, adding, “”It’s nerve-wracking [the idea of directing him]. He’s a master of the craft. I’m quite sure that I may learn something from him.”