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Nicole Kidman to Channel Dusty Springfield?

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?


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bethany0403 bethany0403 9 years
No way in hell can Nicole Kidman do Dusty Springfield justice. I hate this casting news and hope it nothing more than a rumor. The only thing that would make it worse is if they cast ScarJo in the role.
cricket2 cricket2 9 years
AH man.That could have been a really good movie too.Why did they have to go and screw it up by casting that block of ice. It'll suck for sure now.I bet Dusty is tolling over in her grave about the lousy casting.I hope she haunts the set and drops light fixtures on Kidman's head in protest.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
seriously?? this is great news! i love all of them: dusty, nicole and michael cunningham and think this sounds amazing. i loved nicole kidman's voice in moulin rouge, so this should be good!
supertramp supertramp 9 years
I love Dusty Springfield and I love Nicole Kidman(she's my favorite actress). I hope this happens, but only if she can bring the role justice. I don't know if her voice is up to that of Dusty, but I know she will try her absolute best and if she does she won't be disappointed with herself.
amkc amkc 9 years
I reckon Nicole should stop doing movies.
Lynne Lynne 9 years
Does anyone else see Suzanne Summers in that picture of Dusty!?!?! :)
stephley stephley 9 years
I think this would be great for Kidman-she's hinted that she's got a funkier side in past movies. And it'd be great to see a woman artist get some serious screen attention!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I think this could be good.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I think of Nicole Kidman, and really all I can drum up is ice queen + botox = not a good soul singer.
azulskies azulskies 9 years
as a huge fan of Dusty, I'm not sure about this-- could be good, could be disastrous
marcella marcella 9 years
I loathe Nicole Kidman... why on earth does anyone think she'd be a convincing Dusty Springfield?! And, if she sings in the movie, that's just blasphemy!
smileyyy123 smileyyy123 9 years
Wasn't Kristin Chenoweth slated to play Dusty in the biopic? What do we think, creative differences?
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