Hollywood actors Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are set to star in Shane Black`s `The Nice Guys`.
The writer-director is reportedly said to be pursuing the pair for his follow-up to `Iron Man 3`.
The film will be set in the 1970s and follows the adventures of a private eye and his hired muscle.
The pair are brought together by the mystery of the suicide of a fading porn star, whose aunt claims to have seen alive and well after her supposed death.
Crowe is yet to confirm his place on the project, which could clash with work on his directorial debut `The Water Diviner`.
Gosling premiered his own directorial debut `Lost River` at the Cannes Film Festival to a frigid reception.
`The Nice Guys` will be produced by Joel Silver under his Silver Pictures banner.