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Nicole did an interview this week with EW Radio on Sirius XM where she talked about why she decided to join the new Aquaman film.

Nicole Kidman hasn’t been in a superhero movie since she played Bruce Wayne’s girlfriend, Dr. Chase Meridian, in 1995’s Batman Forever. Since that not-so-beloved movie, the Australian actress has won an Academy Award for her role in 2003’s The Hours, and been nominated for three more, including a supporting actress nod for last year’s Lion. She is currently enjoying overwhelming acclaim for her role as Celeste Wright in HBO’s buzzed-about miniseries Big Little Lies.

So it might not the most obvious choice for Kidman to return to the superhero genre, but she’s about to reenter those waters; she confirmed to EW Friday that she will in fact play Aquaman’s mother, Queen Atlanna — who in the Aquaman comics is the Princess of Atlantis who falls in love with a lonely lighthouse keeper and gives birth to the titular hero — in the upcoming DC film from director James Wan (Insidious).

And she has good reason for doing so.

“The reason why I love [Aquaman] is James Wan is an Australian, and I’ve followed his career since he started. He’s a really good friend of mine, and he offered to let me play Queen Atlanna,” she says. “As soon as he said I could wear mother-of-pearl and be a mermaid warrior, I said I’m done. Please. If there is one thing I have to do in my life, I have to be that. [Laughs] Because, you’ve got to have some fun.”

Before Kidman tackles that role, she will star in Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, with Colin Farrell and Alicia Silverstone, and Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, which opens at the end of June.

“The truth of it is I love auteurs and I love philosophical filmmakers,” she says of her eclectic taste in roles. “That’s why I love that Big Little Lies got made. That’s why I’ve gone back to a very subversive film with The Killing of a Sacred Deer. I like the high-wire act of it. I believe in not towing the line. Conformity is what I run from.”

…right into the arms of Aquaman.

The series finale of Big Little Lies airs on HBO on Sunday. To hear Kidman’s full interview, tune into EW Radio on Tuesday on Sirius XM Channel 105.

April 1, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I have added a new still from next Sunday’s new episode of Big Little Lies, You Get What You Need to our gallery.

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Nicole Kidman Online > Big Little Lies > Season One > Episode Stills

March 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Vogue interviewed Nicole on her work as Celeste on Big Little Lies. Nicole shared how she had bruises from filming and how much it bothered Keith.

There’s been a general consensus among those in the office watching HBO’s irresistible Big Little Lies for the past few weeks: Nicole Kidman has never been better. In the limited series, the Oscar-winning actress plays Celeste, a woman in a deeply twisted, frequently violent relationship with her husband, Perry (Alexander Skarsgård). To the outside world, this photogenic and highly successful pair have managed to keep the spark in their marriage alive. But behind closed doors, Celeste has been quietly suffering from a never-ending cycle of psychosexual abuse, which she often mistakes for love, or intense passion. “It’s as if we turn each other on by rage,” she says to her therapist.

We spoke to Kidman on the phone from the set of her new movie Untouchable, and talked through the process of bringing Big Little Lies to the screen (she’s also an executive producer on the project), how her husband, Keith Urban, reacted the day she came home after filming covered in bruises, and the particular type of strain such a role required: “There are other characters that are easier to intellectually approach, but this was visceral,” says Kidman.

Congratulations on the show—not only do you star in it but you also produced it along with Reese Witherspoon. How did the series first come your way?
My friend Bruna Papandrea worked with Reese when they had the production company, Pacific Standard, and she called me—I’ve known her since we were teenagers—and said, “I just read this book and I think it could be amazing for us all.” And I read it overnight and went “Yeah, this is so good. I’m going to Australia tomorrow so I can try and have a meeting with Liane [Moriarty], the author, and try to convince her to let us option it. Reese also wanted to get it. So I flew to Australia and met with Liane and said, “If you let us option your book, I promise we’ll get it made.” And she said okay and took it off the market. But she had one condition, I had to play Celeste.

Would you have liked to play any of the other characters in the show?
That’s probably the character I would have cast myself in, or the director would’ve. In the book, Madeline was more different. In the TV show she came to fruition after David E. Kelley started to write it and he wrote it specifically for Reese. And then he wrote Celeste even more for me. He really took the book and made it into a limited series. We considered for a second trying to make it into a film, but then we knew it was definitely a limited series. There hadn’t been a female-driven one like this that we had ever seen.

I know there was a bidding war for it early on.
Nothing had been written. We just had the book, we had Reese, David, and I, and that was it. It was kind of amazing to feel the interest—that’s what happens when women combine their powers. If I’d gone by myself to try and do it, it wouldn’t have worked.

Was Liane surprised when an Oscar-winning actress called her up to meet for coffee?
No, because she had put the book up for option and lots of people were interested. Everyone was trying to get it. That’s the normal process for an author, the abnormal process is that it actually gets made. She’d optioned The Husband’s Secret and that hasn’t been made. It’s really tough to get stuff off the ground. It was just one of those things where the confluence of events and the timing was right. Reese and I were very committed to it. Then Laura [Dern] came on, then Shailene [Woodley], Zoë [Kravitz], Alexander. The biggest coup was getting Jean-Marc Vallée because to get a director of that caliber to direct all of the episodes [in a series] is unusual.

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March 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I found HQ outtakes of two shoots that the cast of Big Little Lies did as part of their press for the show and have added them to our gallery.

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Nicole Kidman Online > PHOTO SHOOTS > Outtakes > 2017 > 009
Nicole Kidman Online > PHOTO SHOOTS > Outtakes > 2017 > 010

March 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I have added two outtakes to the gallery from when Nicole was honored at the Golden Camera Awards earlier this month.

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Nicole Kidman Online > PHOTO SHOOTS > Outtakes > 2017 > 008

March 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I have added a new still from next Sunday’s new episode of Big Little Lies, You Get What You Need to our gallery.

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Nicole Kidman Online > Big Little Lies > Season One > Episode Stills > 01×07 | You Get What You Need

March 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Vulture did an interview with Nicole and talked with her about the decision to play Celeste and the work she is doing on her series Big Little Lies.

Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman didn’t realize what being on a popular TV show would be like. On the Philadelphia set of her new film, Untouchable, Big Little Lies is all anyone wants to chat with her about around set. “The crew is always coming up and going, ‘Tell me about this! Tell me about that!’ and wanting to talk about the relationships and dissect the scenes,” she says. “I’ve never been in that before. That’s the beauty of TV. I just go, ‘Well, wait till next week.’ It’s really such a new place for me to be in. I love it.”

Kidman, an executive producer on the HBO adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel, optioned the book with her friend Reese Witherspoon, who also stars in and executive produces the series. She plays Celeste Wright — a gorgeous, wealthy wife and mother caught up in a vicious cycle of domestic abuse. With only one episode of the mini-series left to air, Kidman spoke to Vulture about the emotional and physical challenges of the role; working with Alexander Skarsgård, who plays her husband; and why it was hard to say good-bye to a production with so many women in leading roles.

When you and Reese decided to option the book and move ahead with the project, did you know right away that you would play Celeste?
Liane, the author, wanted me to play Celeste, so it wasn’t discussed. It just naturally fell into that place.

And how did you feel about that? Was that the character that you wanted to play?
As an actress, we can read something and feel it, and in this case I could feel probably all of the women, which is a great thing. But I suppose Celeste was the most natural fit for me, just because I could feel her pulsating off the page. Then, as David E. Kelley started to write it, he wrote it specifically for me, so it started to have its own voice. It’s a strange thing because in the book, yes, I could feel her very powerfully. Liane did such a great job of capturing that marriage and that relationship. But David started to mold it, and then I would work with David molding things as well, and with [director] Jean-Marc [Vallée]. I did an enormous amount of research, and I also approach things viscerally. So as much as there was an intellectual approach, this character was incredibly visceral.

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March 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Nicole is back in Australia where she has attended two events this weekend … the first was she attended the Australian Formula One Grand Prix yesterday and then today she attended the Power Your Passion Event hosted by Swisse Wellness.

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Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > March 24 | Australian Formula One Grand Prix – Final Practice
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > March 25 | Swisse Wellness’ Power Your Passion Event

March 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Deadline has shared that Nicole is joining the comedy She Came to Me.

Steve Carell, Amy Schumer and Nicole Kidman are attached to She Came to Me, the next film to be directed by Rebecca Miller. Miller and Damon Cardasis’ banner Round Films will produce with OddLot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane. Miller wrote the script.

The pic is described as a comedic drama set in the world of contemporary opera and tug boats that cuts into the layer cake of American society with wit and heart. Miller most recently wrote and directed Maggie’s Plan. CAA reps her, Carell is with WME and Media Four, Schumer’s at UTA and B Company and Kidman with CAA and Media Talent Group.

March 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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