Eucalyptus: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Geoffrey Rush is in negotiations to join Russell Crowe in the big-screen adaptation of Australian author Murray Bail's award winning novel "Eucalyptus."

Rush would play the Australian widower Holland, a man who plants hundreds of different eucalyptus trees on his plantation west of Sydney. When his daughter Ellen comes of age, Holland tests all potential suitors by making them correctly identify every single species. Only one man succeeds, but by then Ellen already has lost her heart to a handsome stranger played by Crowe, who has entranced her with stories not of trees but about people.

The film is being directed by Jocelyn Moorehouse, written by Michelle Joyner and Moorehouse.