Thanks to Emma at our forum for the heads up on this!
Access Hollywood is now listing Marion Cotillard as having joined Nicole in The Danish Girl. You might remember that Charlize Theron was first in line to star opposite Nicole, and then Gwyneth Paltrow was attached, before she left the project to spend more time with her family. Access Hollywood now says Nicole will star alongside Marion Cotillard in the movie. However, Nicole and Marion’s names have also been attached to another project – The Rivals – for a while, so it’s possible Access have got these two films mixed up. We’ll keep you posted on all upcoming developments and any official confirmations!
Nicole Kidman returns to Toronto, this time in the role of both actor and producer for her latest project, āRabbit Hole.ā The film, in which she co-stars with Aaron Eckhart, looks at a suburban married couple who experience a tremendous loss.
āRabbit Holeā is based on the play by David Lindsay-Abaire, who also adapted it for the screen. The play received a positive review when it premiered at Manhattan Theater Club in 2006 and caught the attention of Ms. Kidman and her producing partner, Per Saari, who decided to option it.
Ms. Kidman and Mr. Eckhart shared some thoughts about the new film and the process of working with their director, John Cameron Mitchell.
Q. Nicole, how did you get John Cameron Mitchell to direct? A.Nicole Kidman: Johnās name came up through a friend of mine and it just kind of happened. Iām very spontaneous as a person. I just sort of react instinctually to things and I had a conversation with him over the phone but I already thought, if this goes well, itās his. Heās very raw. Heās very expressive. And I just really clicked with him. And then I called Aaron and begged Aaron.
Q. Aaron, what was it like on the set of the film, which mostly takes place in one house? A.Aaron Eckhart: The budget of the film, because itās a small movie, forced us to be closer as a unit. We all kind of lived in a house together, in a way. We shared close quarters. We were around each other 12 hours a day every single day. So we really got to know each other.
I’ve been to more than 75 film festivals over the last ten years, so please believe me when I say that each one always offers a movie about “a couple mourning the loss of a child.” Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto, all of them. I’m pretty sure it’s a requirement, along with the melodramas about single moms, the Holocaust documentaries, and something weird from Gregg Araki. So I suppose I could be forgiven for almost overlooking ‘Rabbit Hole’. Based only on the festival guide, I knew that the film starred Aaron Eckhart, Nicole Kidman, and Dianne Wiest, that it came from John Cameron Mitchell (the director of ‘Shortbus’ and ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’), and that it was about (you guessed it) an unhappy married couple who are mourning the loss of their four-year-old son.
But I’m here to see movies, and I certainly like all of the names mentioned above, so in I walked to ‘Rabbit Hole’, simply hoping that the film wouldn’t be too sappy, predictable, or manipulative.
What I ended up watching is, quite simply, one of the best films I’ve ever seen at a festival. I’ve always contended that there’s no such thing as a “flawless” film, but now I’m going to amend that phrase to read “There’s no such thing as a perfect film.” Because ‘Rabbit Hole’ is, as far as I can tell, pretty much flawless.
Lionsgate on Thursday finalized its deal for North American rights to Nicole Kidman-Aaron Eckhart drama “Rabbit Hole,” which it will open in time for a 2010 awards run. Film will launch in theaters in December.
“Rabbit Hole,” directed by John Cameron Mitchell, is based on David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a couple who lose their child. Lindsay-Abaire adapted for the bigscreen.
It’s the first film from Kidman and Per Saari’s production shingle Blossom Films.
Sale of the CAA-repped title capped a slew of deals inked on the ground here for a diverse mix of fare, but most of the films bought by U.S. distribs won’t hit theaters until next year.
That sets “Rabbit Hole” apart and means a quick turnaround for Lionsgate, much as Fox Searchlight had to do two years ago with Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” which Searchlight bought following the pic’s world preem at the Venice Film Festival.
The actress will star in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth” next fall. The director is David Cromer, who won glowing reviews for last year’s off-Broadway production of “Our Town.”
Kidman caused a sensation in New York in 1998 when she took off her clothes — for 3.6 seconds — in David Hare’s play “The Blue Room,” which was staged by Sam Mendes, the David Cromer of the ’90s.
Despite mixed reviews, the production was an instant sellout, with lines forming round the block from the Cort Theatre.
Kidman, who was just beginning to step out from the shadow of then-husband Tom Cruise, wound up on the cover of Newsweek, which, as readers of a certain age will recall, was once an important weekly publication with a vast circulation.
– Thanks to ‘Curdey’ for this article. What’s extra interesting is the list of films Blossom Films (Nicole’s production company) are working on at the moment.
LIONSGATEĀ® (NYSE: LGF), the leading next generation studio, today announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to RABBIT HOLE, starring Academy AwardĀ® winner Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, directed by John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH), which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week. RABBIT HOLE is adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire from his Pulitzer Prize and Tony AwardĀ® winning play of the same name, and produced by Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech for Olympus Pictures; Nicole Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films; and Gigi Pritzker for Odd Lot Entertainment. The announcement was jointly made today by Joe Drake, Lionsgate Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President, and Jason Constantine, Lionsgate President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.
RABBIT HOLE made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, September 13. Lionsgate plans a Winter 2010 release. The film is the first release from Kidman’s Blossom Films.
Said Constantine, “We are proud to be the home of RABBIT HOLE, a drama that not only has great pedigree, but passion, humor, emotion, and profound insight. We are very much looking forward to working with Nicole, Aaron, John and David to bring their extraordinary work to North American audiences.”
I haven’t had as much time as I expected to work on adding new pictures today, but I’ve added a first, small batch of photos from the Rabbit Hole premiere. There are a whole lot more to come, so check back tomorrow … I don’t think you’ll regret it!
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Trivia: Nicole's good friend Renee Zellweger was considered for the role of Satine. Obviously she didn't get the role, but she did star in another musical - Chicago - a year later, and was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in that film. Nicole won the Oscar that year for The Hours.