Nicole Kidman is joining Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to “The Lobster,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” will also reunite the Greek filmmaker with Colin Farrell, who starred in the Cannes prizewinner (Jury Prize, or third place) and specialty-box-office hit. Lanthimos is directing and co-writing with frequent collaborator Efthimis Fillipou.
Kidman will play the wife of Farrell’s character, a surgeon who tries to bring a teenager into his family with poor results. Anyone familiar with Lanthimos’ prior works — which, in addition to his English-language debut “The Lobster,” include “Alps” and the Oscar-nominated “Dogtooth” — knows how much he can do with such a simple setup and how dark the final result is likely to be. Lanthimos is also developing a historical drama called “The Favourite” with Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz (the latter two having also appeared in “The Lobster”) that delves into the reign of British monarch Queen Anne.
“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is expected to go into production later this summer, with A24 set to handle domestic distribution. They’re likely excited about this continuation of their relationship with Lanthimos: “The Lobster” has made $5.8 million in just over a month.