Well, Erik got Nicole Kidman right as the actress who will play Valerie Plame, outed CIA agent, in the upcoming biopic, but it looks like director Doug Liman has other ideas for Joe Wilson, her husband -- the man who wrote the famous op-ed piece "What I Didn't Find in Africa." It's not Richard Gere. Instead, Liman talked with MTV and says that he wants Russell Crowe for the role.

His reasoning: "If you've met Joe, he's a really strong guy. I've never met an actor stronger than Russell Crowe." Liman goes on to say: "It's the Valerie Plame story, but you wouldn't know it when Joe's around. I met with [Russell] for Bourne Identity, and I was terrified. The whole time I was in the room with him I was just scared of him. This is a scary dude! And Joe is kind of like that."

Russell would definitely need to clean up and be aged a bit for the gig, but I guess he could pull it off. However, I wonder if Liman is focusing too much on the scary aspect. Strong and terrifying aren't really the same thing. But we're in a movie world where Josh Brolin is Dubya, so anything is possible.