Nicole Kidman is reportedly eyeing the lead role in the $50 million sweeping drama “Our Wild Life” for Mandalay Pictures reports The Wrap.
The story is based on the true life and work of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, the leading animal conservationist in Kenya. Sheldrick devoted her life to preventing elephant extinction by endeavoring to save baby elephants left orphaned by war, poaching and culling.
A spokesperson for Kidman says “she is currently not attached”, though sources closer to the project tell the paper that Kidman is expected to star but no deal is yet in place. Jeff Stockwell penned the script.
“Salt” and “Clear and Present Danger” director Phillip Noyce is attached to helm the project, the latest name after Nick Cassavetes and later Walter Salles were previously linked. Noyce and Kidman previously worked together on 1989’s “Dead Calm” which proved a break out international success story for both.
Two distributors are close to being locked down for the domestic and international release. Peter Guber, Chuck Pacheco and Cathy Schulman will produce and shooting aims to kick off in September.