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Nicole Kidman + Queer Directors =

Nicole Kidman + Queer Directors =

some of her best work.

So one can hope that recent (and somewhat surprising, though certainly interesting) news that John Cameron Mitchell would direct Kidman in the adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winning play Rabbit Hole bodes well for Ms. Kidman, who has been suffering a bit of a creative slump lately.

Nicole Kidman has an interesting history with the gays. She was married to one for ten years. She won an Oscar for playing one in The Hours.

But perhaps most significantly, gay directors seem to bring out the best in her. Joel Schumacher and Batman Forever aside, arguably her four greatest performances – To Die For, The Others The Hours and Moulin Rouge! – were directed by either openly gay men (Van Sant, Daldry, Amenábar), or a man who is openly “not straight” (Luhrmann).

So with Rabbit Hole starting shooting next month, and another openly gay director – Rob Marshall – in post-production on her work in Nine, could gay lighting strike twice? Or thrice even: She’s also attached to The Danish Girl – a fictionalized account of the life of Lili Elbe, who Kidman will play, the first person to undergo sex reassignment surgery. There’s no director currently attached. But may I suggest Todd Haynes?

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