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Nicole Kidman is negotiating to play the title role in “The Interpreter,” the Working Title/Universal co-production that will be Sidney Pollack’s first helming gig since 1999’s “Random Hearts.”

In the thriller, which is expected to shoot next year, Kidman would play a U.N. interpreter who overhears an assassination plot. When she becomes a target she’s paired with a federal agent and together they work to stop the murder of an African leader addressing the General Assembly. Charles Randolph (“The Life of David Gale”) wrote the script.

Pic would mark Kidman’s first perf in a Pollack-directed film, but they both performed in the Stanley Kubrick-helmed “Eyes Wide Shut.”

Kidman, who won the best actress Oscar for “The Hours” in March, is in high demand but has experienced scheduling problems. A timing conflict with “The Stepford Wives” caused her to ankle the New Regency’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” and she also ankled Lars Von Trier’s “Manderlay,” the second pic in a trilogy that began with “Dogville.”

As deal talks take place on “The Interpreter,” Kidman is being courted for several other projects. They include the Nora Ephron-directed “Bewitched” that Jim Carrey is also circlingand the Miramax comedy “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” based on the Allison Pearson bestseller. The latter could see her reteam with “Cold Mountain” director Anthony Minghella.

“The Interpreter” will be produced by Working Title co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Kevin Misher of Misher Films. U’s Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are supervising along with Working Title’s Liza Chasin.