Nicole Kidman could be gracing the Cannes Film Festival next month with three movies
The Oscar-winning actress gives, from what I’m hearing, a ‘magnificent’ performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’s film The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, in which she is the wife of a surgeon (Colin Farrell).
Lanthimos made the much talked about Cannes success The Lobster, which also starred Farrell.
The line-up for the 70th Festival will be revealed next Thursday; and my Parisian friends tell me to expect to see this movie on the list of official competition films.
That would be nice for Film4, which has backed Lanthimos’s works, including The Favourite, shooting in London now, with this year’s Best-Actress Oscar winner Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman.
Nicole’s second film is likely to be How To Talk to Girls At Parties, about aliens who hang out in Croydon, South London. I was on the set with the actress and it was a wild and wacky affair — and that’s just Nicole’s wig! The picture is rumoured to have a slot in one of the Festival’s sidebars.
And the third offering? That’s director Sofia Coppola’s study of The Beguiled (again starring Farrell), about a wounded Yankee soldier who hides out in a school for young women in Confederate-held Virginia.
‘I like the directors and writers who don’t play safe,’ Nicole once told me. That ethos helps keep her at the top of her game.
Anya wins a big role… in The Miniaturist
Rising star Anya Taylor-Joy has clinched the coveted lead role in the three-part BBC dramatisation of Jessie Burton’s bestseller The Miniaturist.
Burton’s page-turner was a summer sensation three years ago, and has sold millions of copies in 30 languages since.
Anya, who has made six movies in two years, including art house success The Witch and box office hit Split, has started filming the 17th-century thriller about 18-year-old Petronella Oortman, who is married off to Johannes Brandt, a wealthy trader who lives in a grand Amsterdam house with his sister Marin.
Anya Taylor-Joy has clinched the coveted lead role in the three-part BBC dramatisation of Jessie Burton’s bestseller The Miniaturist
Alex Hassell, a Royal Shakespeare Company leading man who appears in George Clooney’s new film Suburb-icon, will play Brandt, with Romola Garai as Marin.
The story follows what happens when Brandt orders a beautiful doll’s-house copy of their home; and Petronella commissions a miniaturist to furnish the replica.
‘It’s the journey of a girl into womanhood,’ Anya told me.
Petronella goes from initial isolation, and is able to gain confidence to ‘break out of societal confines’, she said.
It’s a big break for the young actress, now 20, who was born and raised in Buenos Aires until she was six years old.
She left school at 16 to become an actress. The Witch was her first movie. Directors have been queueing up to work with her, but a (hopefully) popular prime-time BBC costume drama will catapult her into living rooms around the world. The BBC production is being produced by British company The Forge and the American Masterpiece channel.
Anya said she grew up watching recordings of movies over and over, her favourite being Thelma & Louise. ‘There was something in the way it was shot, and I was so entrenched in the friendship of those two women,’ she told me.
She loves film sets, and studios, and the friendships that develop on location. ‘I’m into sharing the kind of nakedness of everybody,’ she said.
The TV adaptation of The Miniaturist, by John Brownlow, is based solely on Burton’s book, in which the author took a historical character and imagined her life. The real Petronella did have a doll’s-house, now in a Dutch museum.
The drama also features Hayley Squires, Emily Berrington and another RSC man, Paapa Essiedu.