The finest actor of the naughts and already one of the greats (even if it's going to take some people a few decades to realise it), Nicole Kidman looks set to begin the next decade in a blaze of glory. From the Film Experience comes this (what I assume is new) image from Rabbit Hole. It will be the first film of hers in the new decade when it gets released next year and I don't think she could start it any better. Of course, it could turn out to be a Proof-style Broadway-to-Hollywood version of the play that won Cynthia Nixon a Tony Award, but with the talent involved? I hope not.
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell (currently batting 2 for 2 after Hedwig and the Angry Itch and Shortbus) and co-starring Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Weist, Sandra Oh and Jon Tenney I was excited about it from the moment Kidman signed on. As Nathaniel points out one of her very best films is Birth, a movie that shares a few similarities with Rabbit Hole.
I also hope and hope and HOPE that The Danish Girl gets made. The film in which Kidman is set to play the transsexual lover of Charlize Theron is bound to be controversial and to push buttons and certain to incite massively differing opinions whilst bringing out the Kidman haters. Thankfully, it is generally my experience that if any combination of those things happen then the movie is inevitably brilliant (see: Birth, Dogville, Margot at the Wedding).
And how great is it to see the red hair back? Not sure why she ever got rid of it to be honest. Why get rid of one of your defining characteristics? There is a quote in this New York Times article from Eckhart that goes like this: "The reason why I’m in the movie is Nicole. If she wants to work with somebody, then that’s what happens." That quote gives me comfort. A lot of people may rag on Kidman for being "cold" or for "using too much botox" or for appearing in "flops" as if she's the first star to do so, but I like knowing that the important people realise her talent. What actor this decade has had as many films still ripe for discussion now as they were at the time? Not many I reckon. And they will continue to do so for a very long time.
May she reign for another decade before she retires and raises kangaroos on her Nashville estate and appearing at sporadic film premieres wearing really big hats.