A quick question. Which is the latest Nicole Kidman movie that you can recollect? I am sure this will jog the memory of many folks. This Oscar winning and globally popular actress has somehow moved into the shadows of the otherwise brightly lit-up streets of Hollywood. Is it out of her own choice or not, I do not know, but good movie roles certainly have dried up for her. The last movie of Nicole Kidman which made decent enough money at the box-office was Australia, way back in 2008. She did play an antagonist in the more recent Paddington of 2014, which was a British film that was a hit at the box-office, but her contribution to the success of the movie cannot even be compared to that of the CGI-created talking bear in the film. Some may even point out 2010’s Rabbit Hole which earned her an Oscar nomination, but more might remember Grace of Monaco which got universally panned. There have been movies like The Railway Man which held potential only to end their run in the theatres quite early. But the name of Nicole Kidman has not faded away, and the actress has a long list of upcoming movies, either completed or under development, with the hope that a few of them would at least find a larger audience.
Queen of the Desert
In this biopic, Nicole Kidman will play the role of Gertrude Bell who was a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century. Directed by Warner Herzog, Queen of the Desert was screened earlier in the year at the Berlin International Film Festival, but while Kidman’s acting along with that of the cast has been praised, the movie’s reviews have been largely negative. A September release is due in the USA, but I doubt that this would be the movie which gets Kidman back in the limelight.
Genius has to be one of the more exciting projects that Kidman has worked on in recent times. It is another biopic with Colin Firth playing the central character of Maxwell Perkins, a famous literary editor of the 20th century. Nicole Kidman is playing Aline Bernstein, a theatre costume designer, who was romantically linked to the famous author Thomas Wolfe (played by Jude Law in the movie). Considering that the movie also carries the characters of Ernest Hemmingway (played by Dominic West), F. Scott Fitzgerald (played by Guy Pearce) along with Thomas Wolfe, the screen-time for Aline Bernstein, and thus Nicole Kidman, could turn out to be quite limited. Nonetheless, if the movie does attract attention, it would only help Kidman in regaining her lost status.
The Family Fang
Another interesting project, The Family Fang has Nicole Kidman playing the sister to Jason Bateman. The movie’s premise is about the siblings searching for their world famous parents who have disappeared. The Family Fang (Fang is the surname of the characters) has been directed by Jason Bateman too, just his second directorial attempt at a feature film following Bad Words. But Bateman is a big enough name in Hollywood to get the audience interested, so the movie is quite likely to get a wide release. It will first be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015, before it reaches the US shores.
Secret in Their Eyes
Secret in Their Eyes is based on a Argentinian novel which had previously been adapted into the much acclaimed 2009 movie El secreto de sus ojos (currently ranked #136 on Imdb). The American version is being directed by Billy Ray who has had limited success as a director in the past. The movie though has a good cast with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts joining Nicole Kidman. It’s a thriller about a tight-knit team of FBI investigators and their District Attorney supervisor who are suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered. The movie has a November 2015 release scheduled in the USA, and adds a new genre in the list of upcoming movies for Kidman.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
On a lighter note, Kidman will be part of this upcoming musical comedy based on a Neil Gaiman short story. The movie revolves around an alien touring the galaxy who breaks away from her group and ends up in a London suburb called Croydon where she meets a boy, and a Romeo – Juliet story is about to begin. Young Elle Fanning will play the female alien, though the role of Nicole Kidman has not been announced yet. The movie will be directed by John Cameron Mitchell who previously worked with Kidman in the critically acclaimed Rabbit Hole. The movie has a 2016 release planned.
A real drama, Lion is the story of a young lad lost in the streets of Calcutta in India before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his family. The movie is the directorial debut of Garth Davis who has been mainly involved with television commercials in the past. Nicole Kidman will play one part of the Australian couple along side David Wenham, while Dev Patel will play the grown up Indian kid. Supporting roles like these are probably going to be more common for Kidman, but there are plenty of great performances seen in this category too, which leave a lasting impression. Hopefully, Kidman has such a performance lined-up in Lion.