When Michael Cunningham and Nicole Kidman last got together, for 2002's The Hours, the result was an Oscar win and a boatload of critical acclaim. So my ears perked at the news that Cunningham wants to work with Kidman again — this time on a biopic of British soul singer and chanteuse Dusty Springfield.
Cunningham told New York Magazine's Vulture blog that he's currently writing the screenplay for the film, with Kidman meant to play the lead role. Cunningham said he's trying to convey the idea that Springfield "was a great artist who no one knew what to do with" and who clearly deserves a spot in rock history with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones — but he said he won't be shying away from the seedier side of Springfield's life, which included drug abuse and an often-prickly personality.
Though I was disappointed with Evening, the last film Cunningham penned, there's no denying that he has a special talent for delving into the multi-layered lives of complicated women. And I like picturing Kidman in the role, playing both the popular, public Dusty and the more private, darker side. (I don't know if she could pull off Springfield's sultry vocals, but I was impressed with her singing in Moulin Rouge.)
Do you think Springfield's life story is a good one for Cunningham to pen? And could you imagine Kidman inhabiting the role?