The mom-to-be withdraws from the screen version of the bestseller The Reader
Nicole Kidman will be a slightly less busy working mom.
Based on German author Bernhard Schlink’s bestselling 1995 novel – and Oprah‘s Book Club selection – about an affair between a teenage boy and an older woman in post-WWII Germany (as ramifications of the Holocaust were being understood), the movie version is being directed by Stephen Daldry whose 2002 The Hours won Kidman her Best Actress Oscar.
“The part will be recast,” said a spokesperson for Studio Babelsberg, near Berlin, Germany, speaking to the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper’s online edition.
Instead, scenes with Ralph Fiennes were shot for The Reader, while Kidman was due to report in front of the cameras this month.
For Kidman, 40, this will be her third child. She and Cruise adopted two children during their marriage: Isabella, now 15, and Connor, 12. Kidman’s current husband, Keith Urban, also 40, is about to become a first-time parent.
At the Critics’ Choice Awards Monday night, George Clooney said his one-time costar will be a “great” and “tall” mom. PEOPLE also caught up with the couple’s former neighbor, LeAnn Rimes. “I’m so excited for them,” she said when told the pregnancy news.