Eucalyptus: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nicole Kidman is confirmed to star in Eucalyptus opposite Russell Crowe, with shooting due to begin in February, according to sources. The role came to Kidman after topliner Crowe was reportedly unhappy with the options for his leading lady and asked that his good friend be approached.
The casting may require some rewriting because in the Murray Bail novel of the same name, 37-year-old Kidman's character is only 19. In the adaptation, a widower (Geoffrey Rush) plants hundreds of varieties of eucalyptus trees and then decrees that only a man who can name every one of them may marry his daughter Ellen (Kidman). Although a number of suitors appear, she falls for a storytelling stranger who shares with her tales of faraway lands.