Though her chilly, flashy performance in Park Chan-wook’s excellent Stoker seemed to herald a new hot streak for Nicole Kidman, things haven’t panned out so well for the Academy Award-winning actress as of late. Her high-profile Grace Kelly biopic Grace Of Monaco got nearly dropped by the Weinstein Company, panned at Cannes (quoth our own Mike D’Angelo in his report from Cannes: “Mostly, Kidman just seems lost, and Grace rarely demonstrates any awareness that its ostensible happy ending...borders on appalling”), and indefinitely postponed Stateside.
But the nifty thing about being as deeply entrenched in the A-list as Kidman is that a single flop can’t completely bury her career. It’s a misstep, but nothing that can’t be rectified with another good showing. She’s only as good as her next film, and audiences now have a first look at how she might right her ship. The first trailer for Strangerland, a kidnapping drama (Kidmanapping!) from Kidman’s fellow Aussie Kim Farrant, has surfaced.
Do a quick check over both shoulders and give it a watch below:
The trail of the tape
Director: Kim Farrant
Screenwriter: Michael Kinirons, Fiona Seres
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving
Release date: Not yet announced
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “How long do we have to stay here?”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Judging from the brief trailer, the film’s distinctly Australian flavor is going to work in its favor. The role of a mother driven to desperation suits Kidman well, giving her a juicy chance to demonstrate her signature fragile intensity. Kidman’s countryman Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes add fuel to the fire as parents blinded by the apoplexy that takes over the instant a parent feels his child may be in danger. But the most tantalizing element has to be the boundless Outback flatlands, their featureless sprawl a canny visual metaphor for the search’s hopelessness.