Nicole Kidman‘s deep personal connection to the character she plays in her new film Lion is on full display in a new clip debuted exclusively with PEOPLE.
Lion tells the incredible true story of Saroo Bierley, who was separated from his biological family in India at the age of 5 and was adopted by an Australian couple, played by Kidman and David Wenham. When Bierley grows up, he begins a search for his long-lost family using Google Earth. (Dev Patel stars as grown-up Saroo, and Sunny Pawar plays a young Saroo.)
The movie, which premiered earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival, is based on Brierley’s nonfiction book A Long Way Home.
As a mother of adopted children, Kidman has said that the role of Sue Brierley was especially important to her. In a recent interview with Town & Country magazine, Kidman explained why she felt drawn to her character in the upcoming drama.
“I can see now, for Lion, that it was important to me because I’m a mother with adopted children,” she said. “This movie is a love letter to my children.”
“[My character] Sue is deeply maternal and full of unconditional love, which is beautiful,” Kidman, 49, told Town & Country. “That’s why I wanted to do it. I relate to that. I feel that for my own children who are adopted. It’s not about anything else other than ‘I wanted you.’ It’s that deep and personal, and whatever your journey is, I’m here to love and support you. That’s what I connected to.”
Lion hits theaters on Nov. 25.