Date: 24th November 2006

Kidman and Jackman bound for Australia

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman are to star in an epic movie set in Australia during the Second World War.

Baz Luhrmann will direct the film - to be called Australia - for 20th Century Fox, reports The Age.

The romantic action-adventure, set in northern Australia, centres on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a vast ranch.

When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2,000 cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land.

They arrive in Darwin, only to face the bombing by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier

Luhrmann said: "What people tend not to know is that more tonnage of bombs were dropped by the same attack force on Darwin as Pearl Harbor."

Filming is due to start in March and take five months.

Source: Press Release