It has been revealed that Kidman will be reunited with UK director Stephen Daldry after his 2002 Oscar-winning film The Hours for the female lead in his adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's 1995 international bestseller The Reader (Der Vorleser).
Earlier this month, Daldry had been seen in the company of the young German actor Josef Mattes, who appeared in Das wahre Leben, attending a trial as an observer at Berlin's District Court in the suburb of Moabit. It was speculated at the time that Mattes could be cast in the male lead opposite Kidman.
Schlink's novel focuses on a love affair between a teenage boy and an older woman
who cannot read. Years later, they meet again when the woman is being prosecuted for war crimes and the young man is a law student following her case.
The Weinstein Company project, which is being adapted for the screen by David Hare, would be the fourth big international production to be based in the Berlin-Brandenburg region this year after the Wachowski brothers' Speed Racer, Bryan Singer's Valkyrie, and Tom Tykwer's forthcoming The International.
Meanwhile, the current boom of production at Studio Babelsberg - it has handled eight feature film productions in the first six months of 2007 - has prompted the studio complex to forecast turnover for this financial year to exceed $136.4m (Euros 100m), compared to $22.4m (Euros 16.4m) for 2006.