Kidman in sex change role
It was Charlize Theron that was set to play the Danish painter Einar Wegener who became the first man to undergo a sex change operation to become a woman, and that was way back in 1931 believe it or not. Now though the role has swapped to Nicole Kidman, and she will be playing the woman that was once a man.
The film will be directed by Tomas Alfredson who sees a big break from his previous film, the excellent Let The Right One In (Filmstalker review), with a script adapted from David Ebershoff's novel about the amazing true life story.
Nicole Kidman will also produce the film, which perhaps makes you wonder if she came along with the production backing to get it made, but then Charlize Theron is a big name with production on her career already and could easily have brought the required backing I'm sure. This sounds like scheduling more than anything.
The story from Variety doesn't tell us anything else other than Tomas Alfredson revealing that they have been in talks for a year now and that production on the film is set to start very soon.
It's a brave role for Kidman, and I think moreso it would have been a brave role for Theron, but it's certainly not a groundbreaking one. You can go back to Dustin Hoffman taking a bold move in Tootsie, or the more recent role of Felicity Huffman in Transamerica (Filmstalker review), which I think was equally as brave for a star of Desperate Housewives to take and make her own. She was fantastic in that film, and I can but imagine what Kidman could bring to this story.