Eucalyptus: According to Variety, Fox Searchlight is zeroing in on Nicole Kidman to join Australian fable Eucalyptus.

Kidman would join Russell Crowe, Geoffrey Rush and director Jocelyn Moorhouse on the pic, an adaptation of Murray Bail's novel about a widower who, after sheltering his beautiful daughter, announces she will be wed to the man who can correctly identify the species of each and every one of the thousands of eucalyptus trees on his estate.

The formalizing of deals is predicated on synchronizing availability of each performer. The hope is to begin production early next year.