Newlywed Nicole Kidman
is set to star as Mrs. Coulter in "The Golden Compass," the film version of the first of Philip Pullman's bestselling "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Movie-maker Chris Weitz will direct the $150 million production at London's Shepperton Studios this autumn.
The film is a fantasy about the adventures of a precocious young girl called Lyra Belacqua, who travels to a parallel universe to save her friends who are kidnapped by dark forces. Kidman will play the sinister scholar and socialite with a mysterious past who has a secret link to Lyra.
is in final negotiations to join the film as Lord Asriel. Bettany and Kidman are reportedly good friends, having worked together on the Lars Von Trier
, and his involvement is said to have enticed Kidman to come on board the picture.
Award-winning British television actress Claire Higgins is also expected to join the cast, along with first-time child actress Dakota Blue Richards, who is taking on the role of Lyra.
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