After working with Sofia Coppola on The Beguiled and Jane Campion on Top of the Lake: China Girl, Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman has set her sights on another project from one of Hollywood’s top female filmmakers, as she’s in talks to star in Karyn Kusama’s L.A. crime thriller DESTROYER, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
Though Destroyer has never been properly announced, Kusama has mentioned the project in numerous interviews, repeatedly emphasizing that it would be her next film rather than 20th Century Fox’s upcoming horror movie Breed, based on the Chase Novak novel of the same name.
Kidman’s deal hasn’t closed yet, but if it does close, expect Destroyer to come together quickly. Plot details remain vague, but it’s known that Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi wrote the script and are producing with Kusama, with whom they previously worked on The Invitation and Aeon Flux.
Kusama described the project to the Guardian as “living in the genre space again,” while adding that it’s also something of a “personal epic — a beautiful character study of an incredible female that we haven’t seen in this genre before.” She also told Den of Geek that she feels like it’s “another chapter in investigating how we come to face ourselves as lonely people on this planet.”
Destroyer sounds like a worthy follow-up to The Invitation, which was one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve seen in many years. I was blown away by what Kusama, her husband Hay and his writing partner Manfredi accomplished on such a low budget, and their latest project must be something special to attract an actress of Kidman’s caliber.
Kidman won an Oscar for The Hours and while she should’ve won again last year for Lion, she could very well return to the awards race this year thanks to her turn in The Beguiled. Kidman will soon be seen in a pair of A24 titles — The Killing of a Sacred Deer and How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and she has also wrapped the Bryan Cranston-Kevin Hart film The Upside, which comes out next year.
Kidman has been busy filming James Wan’s Aquaman, though her schedule should be able to accommodate the Destroyer shoot this fall. She’s represented by CAA, Media Talent Group, Shanahan Management and attorney Alan Wertheimer, and representatives for the actress did not respond to requests for comment.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief