Will Nicole Kidman play Catwoman? Sources say she's in, Ashley Judd is out

By Gary Susman
Updated February 05, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Credit: Nicole Kidman: Raphael Lanus/Big Pictures USA/Newscom

Nicole Kidman may have donned a new nose to play Virginia Woolf in ”The Hours,” but an upcoming movie may give her new claws. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she’s been offered the title role in ”Catwoman,” the long-gestating spinoff of the ”Batman” franchise. She’d play the feline femme fatale role played most recently on screen by Michelle Pfeiffer more than a decade ago, when the idea of giving the kittenish killer her own movie first was mentioned. It’s not clear where the offer leaves Ashley Judd, who has been attached to the project for ages.

Kidman’s acceptance of the role is said to be contingent upon her approval of the latest draft of the script. According to the Reporter, the current storyline reimagines Catwoman as a meek gymnast who runs a pet-grooming store by day and fights crime in her catsuit by night. Kidman already has some experience with the franchise under her Bat-belt, having played the Caped Crusader’s love interest in ”Batman Forever.” She’s currently filming the thriller ”Birth” and is reportedly attached to some other franchise properties: ”The Stepford Wives” and ”Bewitched.” ”Catwoman” would also make an ironic companion piece to her starring role in Lars von Trier’s ”Dogville.”


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