Naomi Watts Joins Errol Morris Film, Gets Replaced by Nicole Kidman

September 9, 2013


In a perfectly acceptable tradeoff of stately blondes and documentarians I find kind of frightening, Naomi Watts has left Werner Herzog for Errol Morris and been replaced by Nicole Kidman.

Watts was attached to star in Herzog's Queen of the Dessert, but Deadline brings word from Toronto International Film Festival that Watts dropped the project and has already been replaced by obvious surrogate Nicole Kidman. She'll play real-life writer, archaeologist, and spy Gertrude Bell, starring alongside Robert Pattinson's T.E. Lawrence and James Franco, who of course is also in this. After all, what is history but an endless series of Francos?

Now, Watts will instead be in Holland, Michigan, a rare narrative departure for director Errol Morris. She'll reportedly play a woman who suspects her husband is cheating and decides to get her own affair going. Only too late does she learn, whoops, turns out he's not cheating. He's just a loving and faithful serial killer. The script "is described as Fargo-esque," because murder and midwestern accents.

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