Kidman, Crowe to star in Australian Gone with the Wind
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Kidman, Crowe to star in Australian Gone with the Wind

An Australian version of the classic, starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, will begin filming by 2006 end.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 14:21 IST

A "sweeping romance" to rival the timeless classic Gone with the Wind, starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as star-crossed lovers, will begin filming in Australia by the year-end.

Director Baz Luhrmann told Sydney's Daily Telegraph that the twin Oscar-winners had taken a pay cut to help convince Twentieth Century Fox to finance the film.

"Russell, Nicole and I have been wanting to do a large Australian piece for a very long time," Luhrmann, who is based here, said.

"We have some of the most extraordinary landscape on the planet and we want to get two of the most extraordinary actors in the world to put them, acting, in that landscape."

The Moulin Rouge director said he'd been working on the screenplay for seven years and that Kidman and Crowe shared his ambition to do "something purely Australian on a scale the world hasn't seen before".

Locations have been selected in the tropical northeast and in the outback but how much will be shot outside and how much at Sydney's Fox Studios is yet to be decided.

The crew and cast will be mostly Australian, including an Aboriginal boy in a major role.

The love story is set in the 1930s and 1940s and will have a scene recreating the bombing of the far north city of Darwin by Japanese fighter-bombers in World War II.

First Published: Feb 24, 2006 13:42 IST