Kidman and Crowe to unite for Australian epic

Australian Hollywood A-listers Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe are finally set to join forces on the silver screen.

The Oscar-winning pair will star as passionate lovers in a historical epic set in their homeland and directed by Baz Luhrmann.

The Moulin Rouge director said the movie, to be shot partly in the Australian Outback, would be on the scale of Gone With The Wind or Out Of Africa.

“It’s a classic emotional romance between two characters,” he told The Australian newspaper.

“We have some of the most extraordinary landscape on the planet and we want to get two of the most extraordinary actors in the world and put them, acting, in that landscape.”

Luhrmann told Australia’s Daily Telegraph that Kidman and Crowe’s on-screen relationship was “very passionate“.

The film, which does not yet have a title, is set in Darwin in the 1930s and sees its leads become involved in a love triangle.

Co-written by Luhrmann and Australian screenwriter Stuart Beattie, it is not based on a true story but will use events such as the bombing of Darwin during the Second World War as a backdrop.

The director said the stars will begin rehearsing in Los Angeles in two weeks, with shooting expected to start in the next few months.

Crowe, 41, and Kidman, 37, were due to star in another Australian movie, based on the novel “Eucalyptus“, but the project collapsed last year over problems with the script.

Luhrmann, who has been working on the new movie for seven years, said the impetus came from a shared desire between him and his two stars to “do something purely Australian on a scale the world hasn’t seen before“.

“It was kind of: ’What can we do at home?’ because we love being here,” he told The Australian.

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