Winslet to replace pregnant Kidman in movie: author
British actress Kate Winslet will replace the pregnant Nicole Kidman in the upcoming romantic drama The Reader, the author of the best-selling book on which the film is based told a German newspaper.
Bernhard Schlink told the Berliner Morgenpost in an article to be published Wednesday that Winslet would take on the starring role of the mysterious older woman who seduces a young man in postwar Germany.
“Kate Winslet fits the role wonderfully,” he said.
Kidman’s publicist confirmed Tuesday that the 40-year-old Australian and her husband, country star Keith Urban, were expecting a baby.
The Reader, which will co-star Ralph Fiennes, is to be filmed in New York and the Babelsberg studios outside Berlin. A Babelsberg spokesman confirmed that production would begin this month.
The director is Stephen Daldry who made The Hours, the film that earned Kidman a Best Actress Academy Award in 2002 for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf.
Kate Winslet is stepping in to take over the role vacated by Nicole Kidman in The Reader, PEOPLE has exclusively learned.
Sources confirm that, in fact, Winslet was originally offered the role but couldn’t commit due to schedule conflicts. Kidman pulled out of the film after announcing her pregnancy.
“Kate was offered it first before Nicole but couldn’t do it but the dates clashed with commitments to Revolutionary Road,” says an insider. “So the dates changed, Nicole then got pregnant and now it has come back to Kate.”
Based on German author Bernhard Schlink’s bestselling 1995 novel â€“ and Oprah’s Book Club selection â€“ the film is about an affair between a teenage boy and an older woman in post-WWII Germany.
“Actually everyone is happy now â€“ Nicole as she has a baby on the way, Kate because she has this great role she originally wanted to do, and the filmmakers are too,” says the source.
‘the film is about an affair between a teenage boy and an older woman in post-WWII Germany’ …SOUNDS GREAT! I’m so curious how Kate will pull that role off=)
SWEET!! This is my favorite kind of Kate news. I think its pretty cool that Kate was offered the role first. It must be a dream come true for the film makers getting the actress that they orginally wanted. I’m excited!
Ah, a possibility of two Oscar nominations, for Ms. Winslet?
That would be sensational!
Both films, RR and The Reader being released a week shy of each other, and Winslet has gotten the ball rolling for her major films for 2008! Much press, much press is definitely to come.
Cool! the plot sounds very interesting! And co-star Ralp Finnes is a very good actor! And Stephen Daldry is a brilliant director! I smell another Oscar for kate!!!!!! ;-)
I can’t believe it!!!! Help! The Reader is such a good book – omg I always wanted to read it but haven’t made it yet!!! OMG and the film will be play in Germany. How cool is that? I’m overwhelmed – finally Kate shoots in Germany. YAY!!!
Wow, this looks good. I MUST read this!! Kate will be EXTRAORDINARY. I know it, will it be released in 2009? Maybe she’ll get an Oscar for this AND for Revolutionary road!! Yay for Kate, rock on!!
2009 will be the Oscar’s year for Kate Winslet , Im sure!!!! Go Kate!!!!!!!