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Nicole Kidman to Headline L.A. Crime Thriller From Karyn Kusama

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One of contemporary cinema’s most exciting directors is teaming up with one of our most consistently compelling actors. Following a trio of fantastic performances in Big Little Lies, The Beguiled and this winter’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Nicole Kidman has signed on to star in Destroyer, the upcoming L.A.-set crime thriller from director Karyn Kusama. Does Kidman have the best taste in directors or what?

Per THR, Kidman will headline Destroyer, in which she plays Erin Bell, an LAPD detective who, in her early years, was sent undercover to infiltrate a “cult-like gang.” That assignment resulted in a tragedy that Bell must confront many years later when the leader of the gang returns.

Destroyer reunites Kusama with Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the screenwriting duo behind her previous film, The Invitation. (If you haven’t seen it, Kusama’s intensely great dramatic thriller is on Netflix, by the way.) It’s not the only project the trio have in the pipeline: Last summer they signed on to develop Breed, based on the novel by Chase Novak, for producer Scott Frank and Fox.

Kidman has had one hell of a year, collaborating with visionary directors Sofia Coppola (this summer’s remake of The Beguiled) and Yorgos Lanthimos (The Killing of a Sacred Deer), and winning an Emmy for her role in one of 2017’s best series (Big Little Lies). The actress can be seen next as Queen Atlanna in Aquaman and Joel Edgerton’s adaptation of Boy Erased, both of which are scheduled to hit theaters in 2018.

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