Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart have signed on to star in an adaptation of Rabbit Hole, a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire, which will be directed by Hedwig and Shortbus helmer John Cameron Mitchell.
The play, according to Wikipedia, concerns:
“…a couple, Becca and Howie, trying to cope with the death of their only child, a four-year-old, in an auto accident, while Becca’s well-meaning mom and off-kilter sister attempt to lift their spirits (and deal with their own problems), each in her own inimitable way. The couple’s lives are further complicated when the young driver who killed their son contacts them seeking closure as well.”
Abaire won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama in recognition of the work, which starred Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon and Mad Men’s John Slattery.
It apparently induced a wave of tears during its run in New York and could well provide a way for Kidman to reassert herself in the A-list acting game following a period of quietness and missteps (Australia, anyone?). It could also right the minor wrong of Aaron Eckhart being eschewed from the supporting actor race this year.