Luhrmann settles on ‘Australia’

Outback epic to be toplined by Kidman, Jackman

SYDNEY — Baz Luhrmann has finally given a title to his outback epic for 20th Century Fox: “Australia” will lens in the northern desert for five months starting in March, with workshops pegged for Fox Studios Sydney next month.

Toplined by Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, the $130 million pic is the director’s first since “Moulin Rouge” in 2001.

Kidman will portray an English aristocrat who settles on an outback station in the 1930s, Jackman an Outback drover. The pair are caught up in the bombing of Darwin during WWII.

Luhrmann has been developing pic Down Under this year. Russell Crowe was attached but exited midyear. Numerous writers including Aussie Stuart Beattie have drafted the script.

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