In September, Brad Pitt visited the Washington Post’s newsroom apparently to research his upcoming role in the Washington investigative reporters drama “State of Play.” Then, around Thanksgiving, he dropped out of the film, which is also set to star Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn. Well, according to Variety, Russell Crowe has just stepped into Pitt’s old role. Here’s the film’s synopsis: “Crowe will play a politico-turned-journalist who spearheads his newspaper’s investigation into a killing that leads to a fast-rising pol (Norton). The journalist faces two conflicts: he once ran campaigns for the pol and was his confidante; the journalist develops a romance with the pol’s estranged wife (Wright Penn).”