The first official photo is out of Nicole Kidman in “Destroyer,” the Karyn Kusama-directed character study meets gritty noir contemporary L.A. cop thriller in which she plays a cop haunted by her past.
Kusama re-teams with her “The Invitation” writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay on the project in which a murder revives old memories of her brutal time spent months undercover with a young gang of criminals akin to the adrenalin junkies of “Point Break” according to the synopsis. Haunted by her time there, she must reconnect with it in order to solve the case and find a way forward with her life.
Talking about Kidman’s look, Kusama tells Vanity Fair they wanted the actress to deliberately de-glam herself:
“We always knew that what we wanted her to look like was a real middle-aged woman with a past that she wears on her face. With sun damage and sleep deprivation and stress and rage, just in her whole physical body. “
Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, and Bradley Whitford also star in the film and Kusama explained the appeal of the story:
“We’ve all loved bank robbery stories as a place to start, because they almost never go well…There’s a kind of particular American madness to thinking you’ll be the one who gets away clean. We were really focusing on characters who weren’t criminal masterminds, but fringe dwellers of American society. Yet they still hold out the hope that they’d beat the system.”
“Destroyer” premieres at the Toronto Film Festival next month ahead of a Christmas Day 2018 release.