It looks like Nicole Kidman will be joining the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
The movie is being directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus, Rabbit Hole), and Kidman will join the previously-cast Elle Fanning. Also joining the production are Ruth Wilson (The Affair) and Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland).
Gaiman’s story was published in 2006, and it takes place in the 1970s and follows a couple of British teenaged boys, Enn and Vic, who go to a party to meet girls, only to find that the girls are very different from the boys' expectations. Enn is a shy boy who is encouraged by Vic to just talk to girls. While hanging out at a party, Enn talks to three very nice but strange girls. As he focuses on "making a move" on the girls, it turns out these girls are not from our planet. Fanning plays one of the alien girls.
Kidman worked with the director in another film she starred in called Rabbit Hole. Producer Howard Gertler had this to say about the casting, and the film:
“Nicole responded very quickly and enthusiastically to the script when John sent it to her. This is a story that appeals to teens and adults, something John and Neil Gaiman’s work also achieves, and that is why it’s such a good fit. John compares it to Romeo and Juliet, except instead of Montagues and Capulets we have punks and aliens.”
This is a great story and one that has the potential to be a very entertaining film. Fans of Gaiman will be happy to know that the author is very involved with the film development, and has worked closely with the creative team in bringing it to life.