Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours) has signed on to star in the crime thriller, Destroyer. Karyn Kusama (Girlfight) is on board to direct from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Mandfredi (Ride Along). The film’s financed by 30WEST, with Fred Berger (La La Land), Hay, and Manfredi producing.
“Phil and Matt have written one of the most compelling screenplays I’ve ever read, Nicole is at the top of her game – doing tremendously exciting work – and Karyn is one of the most assured voices working today,” stated producer Fred Berger. “It’s a powerful combination, sure to produce an iconic character, and I feel lucky to be in their company.”
“In bringing together Karyn Kusama and Nicole Kidman, Destroyer is set to be a formidable and intelligent commercial thriller with a commanding female protagonist, said Thorsten Schumacher, Founder and CEO of Rocket Science, the company handling international sales. “I can’t wait to see them bring Phil and Matt’s incredible script to the screen.”
Kidman recently won an Emmy for her performance in HBO’s Big Little Lies, and she’ll next be seen in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Killing of a Sacred Deer opening in theaters on November 1, 2017. In addition, Kidman’s working on Boy Erased for writer/director Joel Edgerton and on Aquaman in which she plays Queen Atlanna.
The Plot: Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cult-like gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. Casting is currently underway on the film.