Nicole Kidman Will Be The Silent Wife

She's starring in and producing a novel adaptation

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman has clearly been spending her downtime on sets ploughing through books she thinks will make good film adaptations. The actress / producer has now zeroed in on A.S.A. Harrison’s praised tome The Silent Wife as a possible future project.

Meet Jodi and Todd. They live in a gorgeous Chicago condo. She's a part-time psychologist working from home; he's a renovation expert and developer who makes enough money to provide them with an enviable and affluent lifestyle. They've not married, but have been living together for twenty years; their life has become a stable and emotionally satisfying routine of mutually-met obligations and expectations.

They have no children, so they each have sufficient time to indulge in whatever interests them. Jodi loves to play the perfect domestic diva taking care of Todd and Todd loves to be taken care of. Jodi enjoys doing her spa visits and Pilates sessions; Todd enjoys having sex with other women... and being confident that his accepting partner will ignore and forgive these dalliances. This is their routine. They seem ideally suited to it, and to each other, their lives in perfect balance.

Except, as the book’s plot unfolds alternating between the two characters’ viewpoints, that balance will be shattered and catastrophe will befall the relationship. The book became a big seller this summer, drawing comparisons to Gone Girl, but was also touched by tragedy when Harrison died before seeing it published.

Development has only just started on this one, so there’s no writer or director attached yet. Kidman next has The Railway Man set for release on New Year’s Day, followed by Grace Of Monaco at some point in 2014. She’s also attached to play Gertrude Bell in Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert.