We don’t know much about Woody Allen’s newly-announced project, except that it’s got a top-notch cast that includes Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, and Slumdog beauty Freida Pinto. It could be a a dramedy (a la Vicky Cristina Barcelona) or a breezy comedy (a la Scoop), good or not-so-good (again, VCB or Scoop, respectively).
But the addition of Nicole Kidman to the cast got us wondering: What if it’s a comedy? Could the Oscar-winning actress pull it off? She’s played an amazing range of roles, to be sure, but we’re having trouble remembering the last time Mrs. Keith Urban made us chuckle. And her forays into romcom territory — Bewitched (pictured), The Stepford Wives, Cold Mountain (that one was supposed to be funny, right?) — have mostly tanked at the box office.
Still, I’m going to go out on a limb and say she could do it. Yes, I’ve seen her not-so-funny SNL epsiode. And her really not-so-funny talk show appearances. But Kidman’s nothing if not a shape-shifter, and I think the right director could bring out the actress’ funny side — the one that briefly saw the light of day years ago in movies like Flirting and To Die For.
What do you think PopWatchers: Could Kidman hack it as a kidder? Or should we keep our fingers crossed for Woody to let her costars do the joking?