First Look: Nicole Kidman & Aaron Eckhart in Rabbit Hole
The NY Times (via The Playlist) has the first two photos from John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, an adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer prize-winning stage play about a suburban mother dealing with the loss of a child. The project was first announced back in April and is a small $10 million indie shot in New York that stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, directed by the same guy who made Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus. "When I first responded to it, it was because I read it, and it was about grief, which fascinates me," Kidman said. "Loss and love seem to be themes that run through my work."
There are lots of fascinating tidbits in the NY Times piece - such as that Aaron Eckhart was hand-picked by Kidman. "The reason why I'm in the movie is Nicole. If she wants to work with somebody, then that's what happens," Eckhart said. Additionally, Sam Raimi was actually attached to direct, but dropped out to do Spider-Man 4 and handed over the reigns to Mitchell. The rest of the piece talks about how hard it is for an indie to get distribution and how bad Kidman's career has been recently. Not that this will be a big hit, but it looks like it could be a strong indie if it plays well at any upcoming festivals (such as Sundance). Stay tuned!
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
um "how bad Kidman's career has been recently" that is just slightly inaccurate, the films have done so-so in america but world wide they are hugely successful so um yeah i think thats a bit of an overstatement.
Anon on Aug 31, 2009
Yeah, sorry "Anon", but Kidman's career has been pretty bad lately. Birth, Fur, Australia, Bewitched, The Golden Compass, The Invasion (ugh), The Stepford Wives, Margot at the Wedding, The Interpreter, Happy Feet, and Dogville. That's her filmography since 2003, and it's pretty horrible for the most part. Even Happy Feet, her most commercially successful film at the box office, is a fools gold for actors, because we all know most of the demographic didn't go watch the film because of her.
Leeloo Dallas Multipass on Aug 31, 2009
I don't think people would call those films flops. If you check out the critics, you can see that her films got mixed reviews, at worst: (from REAL critics - metacritic.com and box office from boxofficemojo) Australia (2008) - 53/100, mixed or average reviews; box office: $211 million; budget: $130 million The Golden Compass (2007) - 51/100, mixed or average reviews; box office: $372 million; budget: $180 million Margot at the Wedding (2007) - 66/100, generally favourable reviews; box office: $2.9 million (but small,indie production) The Invasion (2007) - 45/100, mixed or average reviews; box office: $40 million; budget: $80 million ***FLOP*** Fur (2006) - 50/100; box office: $2.3 million, another indie film Bewitched (2005) - 34/100 generally unfavourable reviews; box office: $131 million; budget: $85 million The Interpreter (2005) - 62 generally favourable reviews; box office: $163 million; budget: $80. So, the only REAL flop was The Invasion at the box office and Bewitched with the critics!
Slavi on Aug 31, 2009
i loved "golden compass" (i saw it on bluray and was blown away by the visuals). i also enjoyed "margot at the wedding"(indie films are great) i was surprised at "invasion". it was watchable. (and it was a classic compared to "the happening") and, of course i loved "the others". that was her best work i think.
beavis4play on Aug 31, 2009
Nicole Kidman looks like she walked out of a display, at Madame Toussaud's. It's too bad; she used to be rather hot.
Dave Lister, JMC on Aug 31, 2009
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