Australia Opening November 14th

20th Century Fox has set a November 14th 2008 U.S. release date for Baz Luhrmann’s big budget epic “Australia”.

Set in northern Australia prior to World War II, the film centers on an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a giant ranch.

When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Hugh Jackman) to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country’s most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese.

The film is scheduled to open several weeks earlier in international territories where Luhrmann’s films do significantly better financially (his biggest US hit so far was 2001’s “Moulin Rouge” with a mediocre $57 million).

In the States it also faces extremely tough competition from the “Madagascar” sequel and James Bond feature “Quantum of Solace” the week before, and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” the week after.