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Survival Is The New Black? Nicole Kidman Joins Drama About Kids Lost In The Australian Outback

by Charlie Schmidlin
October 21, 2013 9:00 AM
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Nicole Kidman

Actress Nicole Kidman has the luxury of a strategist's approach to her film career, laying out several projects at any one time to consider the most appealing move. Going from the gonzo melodrama of “Stoker” to the regal beauty coming soon in “Grace of Monaco,” she's certainly after a great deal of variety lately, but seeing the recent slate of white-knuckle thrillers including “Captain Philips,” “Gravity,” and “All Is Lost” hit the screen, it seems for her next film she's looking to step into similarly distressing waters.

Variety reports Kidman has signed on to return to her native home of Australia for “Strangerland,” a indie mystery drama that will also allow Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce to let loose their natural accents in co-starring roles. Following a couple whose relationship is pushed to its breaking point after their two teenage children disappear into the Outback, the film was written by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons and marks the dramatic feature debut of director Kim Farrant, who previously directed the documentary “Naked on the Inside,” and also episodes of the Australian TV show “Rush”.

The Dragonfly Pictures/Fastnet Films-produced drama is being backed by Screen Australia, as a part of a $32.3 million support package for five feature films that display “strong creative potential and massive A-list festival potential.” And certainly, with Kidman set to return to the small-scale thriller tone of films like “Dead Calm,” alongside a stellar pair of leading men, “Strangerland” seems one on which to keep tabs.

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  • Dee | October 24, 2013 10:36 AMReply

    I think some people comment on things they don't know anything about Nicole has made billions of dollars for the Entertainment Industry and she is always wanted by the film industry. The Crazy One uses different names to attack this beautiful, talented actress.

  • Lia | October 21, 2013 6:04 PMReply

    Didn't the Aussie film industry learn anything from the Kidman casting debacle in 'Australia'. The woman now has twenty consecutive box office flops to her name, cannot act and has sabotaged her career with Botox.

  • Ian | October 23, 2013 8:04 PM

    Fail comment. She clearly can act.

  • Ian | October 23, 2013 8:03 PM

    Australia doubled it's budget and some....

  • Nicolekidmansquandary | October 21, 2013 5:57 PMReply

    What, do they release memos or something to everyone to account for this sort of uniformity?

  • Donovan | October 21, 2013 11:36 AMReply

    Not "Queen of Monaco" but rather "Grace of Monaco" and "Queen of the Desert"

  • little my | October 21, 2013 10:02 AMReply

    You forgot her Gertrude Bell film Queen of the Desert directed by Werner Herzog and Another indie thriller Before I go To Sleep directed by Rowan Joffe

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