Nicole Kidman Doesn't Remember Colin Firth in 'Before I Go To Sleep'
When Alex visited the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, he snapped a photo of a poster for an upcoming film called Before I Go to Sleep. The poster hyped Nicole Kidman in the lead role, and now Variety confirms her casting and mentions that The King's Speech star Colin Firth will play her husband in the thriller, with Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes) and Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy) rounding out the cast. 28 Weeks Later writer Rowan Joffe wrote the screenplay and will direct the suspenseful story of a woman with amnesia that sounds like it shares some DNA with Christopher Nolan's Memento. Read on!
Based on author S.J. Watson's novel, the story follows a woman with amnesia (Kidman) who wakes up every day without any idea of who she is. She lives her life based on observations from a journal she keeps, but as she slowly learns the truth about her scenario, she's forced to question everyone she knows. Sounds an awful lot like Memento (maybe with a dash of 50 First Dates thrown in), but Joffe is clearly aware of Nolan's indie hit. Amnesia movies are tricky to pull off (especially operating in the shadow of other great films that have used that as a plot device), but we're looking forward to seeing how this project is different rather than getting bogged down in similarities.
Firth, Kidman, and Strong are all exceptional actors (I'm not as familiar with Duff's work), and since Joffe has directed a crime thriller before with 2010's Brighton Rock, we're hoping he'll be able to give Before I Go to Sleep the style and suspense it needs to be a success. Kidman should be able to handle the frantic emotions of a terrified amnesiac with ease, and it should be especially interesting to see Firth, who is mostly known for his nice guy roles in romantic comedies, play a character with shadier motivations this time out. Firth and Kidman will also be seen in The Railway Man, expected sometime this year. Interested?