Nicole Kidman Abandons Movie Role

The star won't join Naomi Watts in Woody Allen's latest – but she does make a commercial

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Nicole Kidman won’t be joining Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts and Freida Pinto in Woody Allen’s latest film, as had been reported in March, because the Australia star has left the project.

Kidman had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict, according to her rep. The actress is producing and starring in a new movie, Rabbit Hole, with Aaron Eckhart, which will be filming at the same time as Allen’s project.

Variety reports that no replacement for Kidman has been named yet.

Allen’s untitled movie is due to be shot in London this summer. Meanwhile, Kidman, 41, can be seen, albeit in limited release, with Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali, 9, in a new commercial for Schweppes drinks.

In it, Kidman plays a princess en route to a palace in India, where the handsome Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal meets her.

Filmed in India, the commercial was directed by Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) and produced by Ridley Scott (Gladiator), reports Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

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