EXCLUSIVE: Kidman in talks to play lead in Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of Steve Watson’s acclaimed novel; Scott Free produces.

Nicole Kidman is in talks to play the lead in writer-director Rowan Joffe’s psychological thriller Before I Go To Sleep, which Joffe has adaptated from Steve Watson’s acclaimed debut novel.

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Liza Marshall of Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free is producing. StudioCanal and BBC Films are among parties circling the project. Shoot dates have yet to be confirmed.

Watson’s acclaimed novel is a psychological thriller about a woman who wakes up every morning without remembering the past 20 years of her life. The novel’s rights have sold in 42 countries.

BAFTA winner Joffe wrote and directed 2010 drama Brighton Rock and also wrote screenplay’s for Anton Corbijn’s The American and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s 28 Weeks Later

Kidman most recently starred in Joel Schumacher’s Trespass and will hit screens this year in Park Chan-wook’s Stoker and Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy.