Nicole Kidman and Lulu Wang are as much as one thing. Is there something extra satisfying than seeing your favorites lastly hyperlink up?
That is precisely the way it should have felt when The Farewell director Wang shared a photograph of herself with Kidman by way of Twitter, asserting that they’re engaged on a venture collectively.
No matter venture these “companions in crime” are collaborating on, the studio they’ve secured has not but been named, so we’ll doubtless get these updates in matches and begins till an official declaration is made by the cinematic powers that be.
Till then, who might blame them for not with the ability to wait to share the information? Even the replies to Wang’s tweet—which embrace reward from fellow filmmakers and Movie Twitter personas alike—are price following alone.
The announcement of this unnamed venture (one thing that might be developed for movie or tv, because the medium for no matter story they are going to inform was not confirmed within the tweet) brings to gentle a notable pattern with Kidman. The actress (and producer) has a observe document for lending her star energy to automobiles helmed by up-and-coming administrators at simply the appropriate time. Many a youthful filmmaker piecing collectively their third or fourth “huge” venture (not their third or fourth consecutive venture, however the third or fourth one to be propelled into the cycle of American media hype) has benefited from having Kidman’s title as a part of the marquee.
Take Gus Van Sant, for instance. His function debut was the 1995 movie Mala Noche, however the first movie to start to maneuver him to auteur stardom was the 1989 drama Drugstore Cowboy.
He adopted it up with the profitable 1991 movie My Personal Non-public Idaho and 1993’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which was critically panned on the time of its launch (particularly compared to the 2 Van Sant movies that got here earlier than it). However Kidman entered the filmmaker’s life proper on time, occurring to star within the 1995 mockumentary-drama To Die For, a movie which introduced Van Sant again up (and grossed over $21 million). The following movie he made was Good Will Looking in 1997, which has been critically and commercially revered for over 20 years.
Take into account Lee Daniels for example: Treasured, his second-ever directorial accomplishment, was his first movie to obtain main optimistic acclaim, and when Kidman signed on for a lead function within the 2012 drama The Paperboy, audiences have been immediately clamoring to get a peek on the director’s subsequent movie. The Paperboy was finally met with largely unfavorable opinions, however Kidman nabbed SAG and Golden Globe nominations for her efficiency, and Daniels returned the subsequent yr with Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which made an enormous splash at awards season.
With John Cameron Mitchell, a director who had been well-known within the underground for his contributions to New Queer Cinema (Shortbus and Hedwig and the Indignant Inch), Kidman collaborated on his third movie, Rabbit Gap, which introduced him to the forefront of the mainstream awards dialog in 2010.
This sample of Kidman proving herself to be a beneficial addition continued with Park Chan-wook (Stoker), Noah Baumbach (Margot on the Wedding ceremony), Jay Roach (Bombshell), Robert Eggers (The Northman), and Karyn Kusama (Destroyer).
And so as to add one other lens via which the forthcoming Kidman and Wang collaboration might be seen, it ought to be famous that the actress has gone on the document earlier than to say that she pledges to work with a lady director each 18 months to push for gender parity in Hollywood.
She would not restrict these tasks to movie, although. Episodes of Huge Little Lies and Prime of the Lake have been directed by ladies (Andrea Arnold and Jane Campion, respectively). And each episode of Kidman’s forthcoming HBO collection The Undoing will likely be directed by Susanne Bier. Like clockwork, Kidman is working with Wang, who occurs to not solely be a rising auteur, however a lady as properly.
So, if we take Kidman’s observe document of supporting rising filmmakers at essential factors of their careers, we should not be stunned that she and Wang are cooking one thing up collectively for the close to future. If solely we might simply now get one other bread crumb of knowledge concerning Wang’s prime secret venture from Kidman herself.
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