THR tells us Aaron Eckhart is in negotiations to play Nicole Kidman’s husband in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer prize-winning play, Rabbit Hole, as a couple whose lives are disrupted by tragedy.
The play focuses on a couple, Becca and Howie, trying to cope with the death of their only child, a four-year-old, in an auto accident, while Becca‚Äôs well-meaning mom and off-kilter sister attempt to lift their spirits (and deal with their own problems), each in her own inimitable way. The couple’s lives are further complicated when the young driver who killed their son contacts them seeking closure as well. (Wiki)
“An intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion and searing honesty . . . an uncommonly affecting and absorbing play.” - Variety
“The sad, sweet release of Rabbit Hole lies precisely in the access it allows to the pain of others. . . . This anatomy of grief [taps] a reservoir of feelings common to anyone who has experienced the vacuum left by a death in the family.” - The New York Times
As interesting as the casting news may be, the most intriguing part of package, for me, is the involvement of director John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and Angry Inch, Shortbus). Gay directors have guided Nicole Kidman to her best performances in The Hours and To Die For.