Thank you EW.com for the exciting news.
Big Little Lies stars Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård are planning their next reunion project, only the roles they’re eyeing are a bit swapped from their HBO drama.
Just days away from the debut of Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, which stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, the filmmaker is forming his ensemble cast for Viking revenge drama The Northman, EW has learned.
Skarsgård is looking to play a Nordic prince out for vengeance after the death of his father, while Kidman is in talks to play the prince’s mother.
On Big Little Lies, which earned both actors Emmy wins, Kidman and Skarsgård portrayed husband and wife.
Offers to join the cast are also out to Dafoe, Skarsgård’s brother Bill (who played Pennywise in It and It Chapter Two), and Eggers’ The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy. Deals, however, are in various stages of planning and haven’t been finalized.
Eggers and Icelandic poet/novelist Sjón co-write the script, while Lars Knudsen produces.
The project, which was described by a source as somewhere in between Braveheart and Game of Thrones, is greenlit at New Regency and looking to start shooting soon. For preliminary planning, a release is being eyed for sometime in 2021.
Kidman will next be seen as former Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson in the film Bombshell. She’ll also have roles in David E. Kelley’s new series The Undoing and Netflix’s adaptation of Broadway musical The Prom.
Skarsgård, who appeared on Showtime’s On Becoming a God in Central Florida opposite Kirsten Dunst, was recently cast as the infamous Randall Flagg in the Stephen King TV adaptation of The Stand for CBS All Access.
The Hollywood Reporter and Collider were the first to report the news.
OMG! Love these three together … the who would Charlize rather is the best!
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Elle gave us the transcript of Nicole’s speech from the Women in Hollywood Celebration.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s the daunting question we all got as kids, the one that forced us to think critically about what goals we’d set for our future. Answers likely ranged from astronaut to veterinarian to nurse, or really, whatever career path society (or your parents) thought you should be drawn to. When Nicole Kidman asked her daughter the infamous question, she replied “director,” a career path young Kidman would’ve never thought possible for herself.
On Monday night, ELLE celebrated its 2019 Women in Hollywood at The Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, and honoree Kidman recalled this conversation with her daughter during her acceptance speech. “She said, ‘I want to be a director and I’m pretty sure I can make that happen,'” Kidman told the crowd. “That there is progress, because for that little girl to be able to say, ‘Yeah, I can be a director.’ I would never have said that. I said I could be an actress, but I never said director.”
Just look to this year’s highly-anticipated movies and TV shows to see what progress Kidman is referring to. Melina Matsoukas, Lena Waithe, and Jodie Turner-Smith, fellow members of the 2019 ELLE Women in Hollywood class, will bring Queen & Slim to screens next month; Elizabeth Banks put on her director’s hat for the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot (also out in November); earlier this year, Ava DuVernay told the heartbreaking story of the Central Park Five in When They See Us.
“I know that this journey will be easier because of a lot of the women in this room: Because of the trails that you’ve blazed, the stories that you’ve told, the examples you’ve set,” Kidman said, “and I am so grateful to be working alongside you and to be raising my children in this world that we all are making possible.”
Kidman’s Bombshell co-stars, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie, introduced her speech, which you can read in full below.
Fuck! I don’t curse, but sometimes you just have to, right? I want to thank Nina. I want to thank everyone at ELLE. But I really want to thank this power duo here. I have had the chance now to see them both work, but also to see how they conduct their lives, and they are amazing. They’re amazing voices, and I am so, so happy to be able to support them and collaborate with them. I have to say we have each other’s backs, we just do, and we’ve had to, and it’s a great feeling. And so, when it’s needed, we show up for each other. And Charlize has two kids at home, but she’s here doing this for me tonight, so. And Margot’s got a hubby at home.
We say go out and have a good time. But what we do together is we tell stories. And what a privilege it is to be able to tell the stories that we are telling right now. And what a gift to be able to choose the stories that we tell and what a responsibility to make space in the world for more perspectives of flawed, bold, amazing, dynamic women.
So one of the things that I have found in my life and my career is that my voice is strongest through my work, through my art. And I’ve always tried to put it out there as it is, let the work and the art do the talking. As actors, it’s obvious that the choices that we make, who we work with, the stories that we tell, all of that speaks volumes about who we are, about our values, about how we see one another, about the moment that we’re living through. And this is a complicated time, it’s a complicated industry that we’re working in, and it’s a complicated world.
But I look around me and I see the young people, particularly the young women that I get to work with, and I’m pretty astounded. I am astounded by their confidence and I’m astounded by the powerful ways that they are using their voices. And that tells me that we are all doing something right because … It’s true. The last time that I was at this event was 2008 and I had just given birth to my baby girl. And that daughter is now 11 years old and she has a little sister who’s eight years old. And the other day I was in the car, I was driving them back from school, and I said the question you always ask: “What do you want to be someday when you grow up?” And she said, “Well, I’d like to be able to fly and I’d like to have wings. That’s what I really want, but I don’t want fairy wings.” And I said, “Oh yes. Yes, you want strong, capable wings, right?” And she went, “No, I just don’t want to be a fairy.”
And then she said, “Oh, actually, what I want to do is I want to go to space. That’s what I really want to do because I want to be able to float.” And then she quickly can see that that probably wasn’t going to happen, she wasn’t going to go to space, and I didn’t have the time to tell her that maybe next week—October 21—we were probably going to see the first female spacewalk. Anyway, we didn’t get to that because she was already on to her next career, her real career. She said, “I want to be a director and I’m pretty sure I can make that happen.” And I’m like “Wow.” Now that there, that there is progress because for that little girl to be able to say, “Yeah, I can be a director.” I would never have said that. I said I could be an actress, but I never said director.
I think it’s a really important thing to know and to say. The journey is never going to be easy. It’s never going to be easy for creative people because we’re always going to be trying to carve our own paths. But I know that this journey will be easier because of a lot of the women in this room: Because of the trails that you’ve blazed, the stories that you’ve told, the examples you’ve set, and I am so grateful to be working alongside you and to be raising my children in this world that we all are making possible. So, thank you.
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Scarlett Johansson Gets Totally Starstruck By Nicole Kidman And Hits Her Up For A Drink!
Scarlett Johansson talks with Access Hollywood’s Sibley Scoles at the Elle Women in Hollywood event and reveals who’d she like to have a drink with, spill the tea with and with whom she’d like to have a quiet conversation. Plus, see her get completely starstruck by Nicole Kidman!
Nicole Kidman Explains How Meryl Streep Convinced Her to Take ‘Bombshell’ Role
“Extra’s” Renee Bargh spoke with one of those honored, Nicole Kidman, who is starring in the highly anticipated movie “Bombshell,” which centers around the late Roger Ailes and the sexual harassment scandal that ended his career.
Nicole walked the red carpet at the Elle’s Women in Hollywood Celebration with her co-star and friend Margot Robbie. Plus her friend Charlize Theron presented Nicole’s award to her.
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Nicole Kidman says Meryl Streep told her to play former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in the upcoming drama Bombshell
When deciding whether or not to play former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in the upcoming film Bombshell, Nicole Kidman turned to good pal Meryl Streep for advice.
“I was shooting Big Little Lies [season 2] when I got the script,” says Kidman, 52. “I was sitting on the set with Meryl Streep and I said to Meryl, ‘should I play Gretchen Carlson?’ She said, ‘absolutely.’”
The movie — which also stars Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly,and Margot Robbie as a Fox News worker — tells the story of the women who claim they were sexually harassed by former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, played by John Lithgow. Kelly and Carlson, both former employees of the network, claimed sexual harassment from Ailes during their careers.
After Streep’s approval, Kidman began doing more research on the role.
“I consider myself well rounded, up-to-date and aware of particularly these issues, but I didn’t know a lot about Gretchen,” Kidman said during a Q&A with Theron and Robbie following a screening of the film Sunday night in Los Angeles. “I would hope that through the course of telling this story people feel that they can speak up and be heard.”
Streep and Kidman starred together in the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies and are set to reunite for Ryan Murphy’s Netflix musical adaptation of Broadway’s The Prom.
Bombshell hits theaters December 20.
This past week Nicole, Charlize, & Margot attended a special screening held for their new film Bombshell in West Hollywood.
Nicole is featured in the November issue of Elle magazine as one of their Women in Hollywood.
When Big Little Lies debuted in 2017, it felt revolutionary: five power moms from Monterey who save their friend, Nicole Kidman’s Celeste Wright, from a violent marriage. The show, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, unknowingly prepared America for what was to come. Less than a month after the 2017 Emmy Awards, in which the HBO series carried home eight golden statues, the New York Times and the New Yorker published their exposés on Harvey Weinstein. A few months later, the show’s five leads (Kidman, Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz) were among the earliest supporters of the anti-harassment initiative Time’s Up. Two years out, we practically expect to see women linked hand in hand—just as the five actresses were as they marched onto the Emmys stage—as a balm to a culture of casting couches and White House diatribes. Big Little Lies created that visual road map.
“Everyone says, ‘Are you going to do a season three?’” Kidman says. “We’re like, ‘Just give us a sec.’” (She’s busy: After our interview, she’ll be promoting the September release of The Goldfinch, adapted from Donna Tartt’s novel, in which she dons the country-club cardigans of Mrs. Barbour.) Kidman hastens to add, “We’d love to [do another season] because we love being together, and it’s lovely spending time with your friends, and with such good material,” she says. “It’s part of the reason I wanted to do Bombshell, to support Charlize.”
In Bombshell—next month’s newsroom drama from Trumbo director Jay Roach and coproducer Charlize Theron—Kidman returns to the female-ensemble format to chronicle Roger Ailes’s sexual harassment of female staffers at Fox News. The movie follows Gretchen Carlson (Kidman), Megyn Kelly (Theron), and the fictional composite character Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie) in the year leading up to Ailes’s July 2016 resignation. “The story it’s trying to tell is broader than Fox News,” she says. “It’s much more about sexual harassment and the women.” When Bombshell’s 87-second video teaser dropped in August, it racked up over 6.3 million YouTube views in just four days. Bring on the Blond Squad.