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.
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Edward Furlong has signed up for the new Uwe Boll project about aid workers in Darfur. Seriously.
Alex Billington at First Showing has some thoughts on the new Woody Allen movie.