â€œRabbit Hole,â€ starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, is an adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaireâ€™s Pulitzer prize-winning drama about a fraying family.
The story traces the life of a happily married couple that is disrupted by an unexpected tragedy and the emotional journey they must undertake to regain happiness.
Kidman plays a suburban mother dealing with the loss of a child. Eckhart will play Kidmanâ€™s husband, who is trying to hold on to the memory of his dead son while dealing with his emotionally removed wife.
With a budget of less than $10 million, a brisk 28-day shoot â€œRabbit Holeâ€ is more like an indie than a Hollywood production.
â€œThis is a passion project for Nicole,â€ Eckhart said, â€œThe reason why Iâ€™m in the movie is Nicole. If she wants to work with somebody, then thatâ€™s what happens.â€
â€œWhen I first responded to it, it was because I read it, and it was about grief, which fascinates me,â€ Kidman said. â€œLoss and love seem to be themes that run through my work.â€
This film is about â€œa marriage and the way that people fuse through pain, that you can either be pulled apart or you can come together. In the same way that â€˜Birth,â€™ a film that I did, was about loss of the loved one whoâ€™s your partner in life, this is the most profound loss, and itâ€™s the worst place to tread. And so my nature tends to be to explore something that Iâ€™m terrified of.â€ [source: NYTimes.com]
The movie is directed by John Cameron Mitchell from the script which Lindsay-Abaire adapted from his own stage play. Sam Raimi was actually attached to direct, but dropped out to do â€œSpider-Man 4.â€
â€œRabbit Holeâ€ also stars Dianne Wiest, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh, Giancarlo Esposito and Jon Tenney.