Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe will make their much-anticipated film together in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, in a set created from scratch by director Baz Luhrmann.
Crowe has revealed the location and timing for the film project, which he says is being planned for later this year.
“I can only tell you certain things . . . but it’s very exciting,” said Crowe, during a one-on-one chat with S at his home in Woolloomooloo last week. “I look at this thing that Baz has shown me, what he wants to do, and you just have to realise Baz Luhrmann’s [genius] . . . he’s just not Bazza from the block, mate, he is a 100 per cent, solid gold cinematic artist.”
Crowe described the first time he read the draft script for the as-yet-untitled film, which was co-written by Luhrmann and Stuart Beattie (the Aussie scriptwriter behind Collateral and the sequel to Pirates Of The Caribbean).
“The first draft was a double goose bumps with tears, it was just a magnificent read,” Crowe said.
The Oscar winner had initially allowed about 15 minutes for a quick glance through the script, but then cancelled all his meetings for the next few hours and ended up lying on his couch in Woolloomooloo, absorbed by the story.
“It was just a wonderful afternoon. I was just transported off into this place and time and into the lives of these people. So it will be a magnificent thing working with Baz, it’ll be wonderful spending that much time in that particular area of Australia.”
Crowe confirmed a full-scale set for the epic film will be built in a remote area of the Kimberley region. “It’s not the Northern Territory, but it’s close. A lot of the movie is set there actually, whether it’s shot there is different. We’ll be shooting in the Kimberleys. Life’s tough, eh!” Crowe said, with a laugh.
He said working on a film with Kidman had long been a personal goal for both of them, which continued beyond the collapse of Eucalyptus last year. “It’s just something we’ve talked about since we were quite young, but it had to be the right thing, you know. In the way life has conspired this is the best possible situation, because Baz is very familiar with getting the best out of Nicole, which she’s really excited about because she loves being in the situation of being challenged.”
Crowe said the film would be made in the second half of 2006, although Kidman may return to Australia earlier so the two Oscar winners can workshop their scenes.
In the meantime, Crowe will continue touring with his band – including planned performances in the US and New Zealand – and prepare for the arrival of his second child with his wife, Danielle Spencer.