Nicole’s ‘Stepford’ is in whine country
By REBECCA LOUIE, SUZANNE ROZDEBA, ZOE ALEXANDER and BEN WIDDICOMBE
Nicole Kidman has the ‘Stepford Wives’ set abuzz with concern that she’ll take time out to shoot a perfume ad.
All’s not well on the set of Nicole Kidman’s “The Stepford Wives,” co-starring Bette Midler and Matthew Broderick.
The jittery crew of director Frank Oz’s film is griping about delays on the remake of Ira Levin’s suburban horror story – and about Kidman’s alleged diva-ish behavior.
Our on-set snitch says Kidman has slowed filming with complaints, including an unwillingness to shoot outdoors on hot summer days.
The crew is also worried she’ll hold them up even longer by jetting to Australia to film a Chanel commercial with Baz Luhrmann, her “Moulin Rouge” director.
Kidman has yet to be officially announced as the new face of Chanel, but it’s the worst-kept secret in fashion.
Her rep strenuously denies that Kidman is responsible for any delays. “That is crazy. No one is more professional than Nicole.”
The movie has been plagued by other delays, says our insider.
“The whole film is on hold for re-writes. The final scene – which was supposed to have been shot this week – was to include a beheading of Christopher Walken, which is now going to be scrapped for something else. The crew is wondering what will happen.”
Producer Scott Rudin joked through a rep: “So far, there are no heads rolling, but it’s early in the shoot and you never know.”