Entertainment Movies Nicole Kidman on Playing an Al Pacino-Esque Detective in Her New Movie 'Destroyer' In many ways, Karyn Kusama's Destroyer calls to mind typical Hollywood noir: It centers on a troubled LAPD detective who's investigating a devastating case that blurs the line between personal and professional. By Devan Coggan Devan Coggan Devan Coggan (rhymes with seven slogan) is a staff writer at Entertainment Weekly. Most of her personality is just John Mulaney quotes and Lord of the Rings references. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 11, 2018 09:53 AM Share Tweet Pin Email In many ways, Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer calls to mind typical Hollywood noir: It centers on a troubled LAPD detective who’s investigating a devastating case that blurs the line between personal and professional. But although Destroyer has plenty in common with classic crime thrillers, it also stands as the rare film to cast a woman in the lead role. Nicole Kidman plays Erin Bell, a detective who went undercover in her youth to infiltrate a California gang with tragic results. The film finds her still reckoning with the trauma of that assignment years later, and when Kidman stopped by People and EW’s TIFF studio on Monday, she spoke about how thrilled she was to play the kind of damaged anti-hero role that’s usually reserved for men. “I grew up on these kind of films,” she said. “I watched [Al] Pacino play these roles, I watched all of the men in the ‘70s get the chance to do it, but I don’t have a female [equivalent]. That’s exciting as an actress to get the chance to do that.” Annapurna 21 movies to watch for at the Toronto Film Festival RELATED VIDEO: Hot Celebs With Puppies at TIFF! The Oscar winner is nearly unrecognizable in the film, and Kidman says she relished the chance to dive into Bell’s complicated psyche. “This character is also so far removed from me, so that’s part of the appeal as an actor: going to places I haven’t been given the chance to go,” she said. “I’m all about finding characters and stories that [make me] go, ‘This is new, but it’s still emotionally relevant.’” Watch the full interview with Kidman above. Destroyer is scheduled to open Dec. 25. This article was originally published on EW.