Oscar mash-up: Wentworth Miller’s ‘Stoker’ is Kidman + Firth + ‘Kids Are All Right’s’ Wasikowska
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It’s nice to see that all this award season schmoozing is leading to some real deal-making. Both Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman have been on the circuit in a big way for months and now it looks as if the two will be partnering for the drama ‘Stoker’ from actor-writer Wentworth Miller and Fox Searchlight.
According to my colleague Steve Zeitchik, the lead acting contenders will play sister- and brother-in-law in the film that ‘Oldboy’ director Chan Wook-Park will helm. Also in the cast is the ‘Kids Are All Right’ daughter Mia Wasikowska, who plays the daughter who befriends her uncle after her father suddenly passes away.
It’s not the first time that two Oscar nominees from the same ‘class’ have gone on to star opposite each other soon after the season is over. Newly minted best buds Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep signed on to the film adaptation of the Tony-winning play ‘August: Osage County’ last October after having a merry time together on the campaign trail.
And Brad Pitt and Sean Penn can be seen in May in Terrence Malick’s ‘A Tree of Life.’ They were both lead actor nominees in 2009 for ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ and ‘Milk,’ respectively. That same year, Melissa Leo was nominated for lead actress for ‘Frozen River’ while Amy Adams received a nod for supporting actress in ‘Doubt.’ As you all know, the two costarred in this season’s ‘The Fighter.’
Considering all these events these people attend together and how much of their working lives are put on hold during the award season, it’s nice to see that some business gets done amid the self-congratulating.
-- Nicole Sperling