British film star Kate Winslet is taking over Nicole Kidman's role in
"The Reader" after the pregnant Australian actress dropped out of the
"Kate was offered it first before Nicole, but couldn't do it (because)
the dates clashed with commitments to 'Revolutionary Road,'" an insider
told People.com. "So the dates changed, Nicole then got pregnant and now
it has come back to Kate. ... Actually, everyone is happy now -- Nicole
as she has a baby on the way, Kate because she has this great role she
originally wanted to do, and the filmmakers are too."
Kidman's publicist confirmed Monday the actress is expecting her first
child with husband Keith Urban.
Kidman was reportedly slated to begin working on "The Reader," based on
Bernhard Schlink's post World War II-set novel, in October, placing her
at Germany's Studio Babelsberg at the same time her ex-husband Tom
Cruise was finishing up his World War II movie "Valkyrie" there.
Scenes with Ralph Fiennes were shot for "The Reader" then, while Kidman
was expected to report to the set this month.
"The Reader" is being helmed by Stephen Daldry, the filmmaker who
directed Kidman to Oscar glory in "The Hours."
August 18, 2007 (from The Hollywood Reporter)
Kidman, Fiennes paged for 'Reader'
Nicole Kidman and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in the
Weinstein Co.'s "The Reader," directed by Stephen Daldry. The film will
reteam Kidman and Daldry, who worked together on "The Hours," which
netted Kidman a best actress Oscar.
Based on Bernhard Schlink's international best-selling novel, the story
is set in postwar Germany and centers on Michael Berg, who is 15 years
old when he begins a long, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic
older woman. He never learns much about her, and when she disappears one
day, he expects never to see her again. But to his horror, he discovers
that she is a defendant in a Nazi war crimes trial, and it soon becomes
clear that she is guilty of an unspeakable crime.
David Hare, who adapted the Oscar-nominated screenplay for "The Hours,"
penned "The Reader."
Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack are producing the long-gestating
project, which originally was set up at Miramax, alongside "The Hours"
producer Scott Rudin. Shooting is scheduled to begin next month in
Kidman, who appears onscreen in the thriller "The Invasion," next stars
in "Margot at the Wedding," "The Golden Compass" and "Australia." She is
repped by CAA and attorney Alan Wertheimer.
Fiennes, who most recently played Lord Voldemort in "Harry Potter and
the Order of the Phoenix," has been nominated for two Academy Awards for
his roles in "Schindler's List" and Minghella's "The English Patient."
He is repped by CAA, Simon Beresford in the U.K. and attorney Mike
Based on Bernhard Schlink's international best-selling
novel, the story is set in postwar Germany and centers on
Michael Berg, who is 15 years old when he begins a long,
obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic older woman. He
never learns much about her, and when she disappears one
day, he expects never to see her again. But to his horror,
he discovers that she is a defendant in a Nazi war crimes
trial, and it soon becomes clear that she is guilty of an
Cast & Crew
Michael Berg: Ralph Fiennes
Hanna Schmitz: Kate Winslet
Young Michael Berg: David Kross
Professor Rohl: Bruno Ganz
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Writing Credits: Bernhard Schlink (novel)
Produced by Anthony Minghella, Henning Molfenter,
Redmond Morris, Sydney Pollack, Scott Rudin, Michael Simon
de Normier, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein