Nicole Kidman has departed from her role starring in the next, presently untitled, Woody Allen project.
She was due to star alongside Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts and Freida Pinto with shooting reportedly due to commence in the summer in Allen’s most frequent new city muse, London.
Variety says nothing has yet been said as to who will replace Kidman in the role.
It seems like an interesting move for an actress who seems to be struggling somewhat to maintain any kind of box-office power. Australia was a complete flop and, prior to this, she was in the debacle that is The Golden Compass, the mean-spirited and somewhat irratating Margot at the Wedding and the truly terrible The Invasion.
Allen, on the other hand, seems in upward swing. Vicky Cristina Barcelona was his most universally liked work since Sweet and Lowdown and Whatever Works, starring Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood, looks an even stronger creation.
I suppose we’ll see if Kidman can manage to find something to suit her talents in the future, rather than continuing this stream of dreck.
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.
Nicole Kidman has reportedly joined the cast of Woody Allen’s latest, as-yet-untitled project set for 2010. She joins the likes of Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Naomi Watts and rising Slumdog-star Freida Pinto.
Little is known about the project thus far, just that it’s set in London and that Woody still has the juice to attract a pretty darn special cast to his work.
I haven’t been entirely kind to his last few works, in fact I would suggest he hasn’t done anything truly good since 1999’s Sweet and Lowdown, an underrated work if ever I saw one. The likes of Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona seems to have grabbed praise, but I’m of the school of thought that this is mostly based on happiness from fans that they aren’t as awful as Scoop, Anything Else or the truly, truly terrible Hollywood Ending.
His upcoming project for this year is Whatever Works, headed by Evan Rachel Wood and Larry David.