One of the most overlooked dramas of the last few years is John Cameron Mitchell’s reserved, expertly acted Rabbit Hole. Starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, it’s no surprise the film didn’t exactly ignite the box office, with its dark subject matter. But now some of the talent involved with the film will get a second stab with a new project.
Deadline reports that Kidman will team once again with Rabbit writer David Lindsay-Abaire on an adaptation of Kevin Wilson‘s novel The Family Fang. Also producing, Kidman will star as a artist mother who puts her children through bizarre escapades only to have them return to home and blame starts getting thrown around.
After taking part in the atrocious Trespass last year, Kidman seems to be turning things around with roles in Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, Park Chan-wook’s Stoker and more. This project sounds like another strong one and one can check out the synopsis below via Amazon.
Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art.
Their children called it mischief.
Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist’s work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents’ madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents’ strange world.
When the lives they’ve built come crashing down, brother and sister have nowhere to go but home, where they discover that Caleb and Camille are planning one last performance–their magnum opus–whether the kids agree to participate or not. Soon, ambition breeds conflict, bringing the Fangs to face the difficult decision about what’s ultimately more important: their family or their art.
Filled with Kevin Wilson’s endless creativity, vibrant prose, sharp humor, and keen sense of the complex performances that unfold in the relationships of people who love one another, The Family Fang is a masterfully executed tale that is as bizarre as it is touching.
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