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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned is the classic saying. There’s no shortage of films about those scorned women, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for others. Silent Wife is the story of a woman who discovers that her husband is having an affair, so she does the thing that makes the most sense. She plans to murder him. Nicole Kidman is on board to play the wronged woman in question, a role she's had some previous experience with.
According to Deadline, Kidman will star and Adrian Lyne will direct the story of a man who begins an affair with the twenty-something daughter of his best friend. Kidman will play the wife, though the man with the obvious death wish has apparently not yet been cast. Seriously, your best friend’s daughter? We’re going to assume if the best friend figures out what’s going on, he’s going to assist the wife in murdering the guy. In fact, we figure any guy who would do something like that is actually looking to get murdered. It’s the only thing that makes sense.
If director Adrian Lyne’s previous work is any indication Silent Wife could end up being quite the steamy film. Lyne has made sex and infidelity a regular topic of study in his career, helming films like Indecent Proposal, Fatal Attraction, and 9 1/2 Weeks. Silent Wife certainly has the potential to be the same sort of film. While Lyne has been attached to several different films in the last few years, he hasn’t actually directed a film since 2002’s Unfaithful -- another film that involves adultery and murder. However, this one looks to be a priority and appears to be on the fast track. The screenplay was written by Billy Ray, who wrote the upcoming Secret in Their Eyes, which also stars Kidman.
If the part calls for equal parts of sex appeal and homicidal murderer, Kidman is certainly capable of that sort of role. While it’s been several years since her turn in Eyes Wide Shut and even more since her role in the dark comedy To Die For, another role where Kidman played a woman trying to kill her husband, we’re pretty sure she can still pull off the part and we’d love to see her do it again.
Getting Lyne back in the director’s chair is great news and Kidman being a part of it only adds to the potential of Silent Wife. Lyne’s movies are usually packed with star power so we’re looking forward to seeing who else will fill out this cast.