Nicole Kidman Snatches Lead Role In Alien ‘Invasion’ Movie

New project updates 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' 50 years after original.

Her former husband made a huge splash this summer while remaking a science-fiction classic about invading extra-terrestrials; now Nicole Kidman’s going to take on some unfriendly aliens of her own.

The statuesque beauty has signed on as the female lead for “Invasion,” a big-budget update of the 1956 classic “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (and, we can only assume, the 1978 Donald Sutherland remake and/or the 1993 film “Body Snatchers” with Forest Whitaker). Much like Tom Cruise’s recent blockbuster “War of the Worlds,” the movie is not expected to be a straight remake of any of the previous incarnations of the classic sci-fi concept (a theory lent credence by the casting of Kidman in the traditionally male leading role).

Directed by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (who made a splash in the U.S. with his critically acclaimed Hitler drama “Downfall” earlier this year), “Invasion” will be overseen by “Matrix” trilogy producer Joel Silver along with Doug Davison and Roy Lee, who previously collaborated on the horror hit “The Grudge.” Timed to release in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the classic original, “Invasion” will begin filming this fall.

Kidman’s version will tell the story of a Washington, D.C., psychiatrist who suspects a mysterious mental epidemic’s origins are not of this world. With the behavior of human beings all around her changing drastically, she must stop the aliens from getting to her son, who may be the only person who can put an end to the invasion.

The original film, adapted from a serialized magazine story, served as director Don Siegel’s commentary on the Cold War paranoia that paralyzed America in the ’50s. In that film, a small-town doctor found his patients suffering from delusions that their friends and neighbors had been replaced by imposters. After the town is systematically replaced with alien doppelgängers, the doctor has to stop the plans of the “pod people” before they can take over all of humanity.

“It’s incredibly exciting to have Nicole Kidman, one of the most gifted, versatile actresses in the world, starring in ‘Invasion’ with Oliver Hirschbiegel directing,” Silver said in a statement. ” ‘Invasion’ gives Nicole an opportunity to bring her depth and range to the kind of gritty action role that we haven’t see her play before, as Oliver infuses the film with the brand of provocative, character-driven storytelling he’s known for.”

Described by Warner Bros. as a sci-fi thriller, “Invasion” will film on location in Baltimore, New York and Washington, D.C.

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