OSCAR-winner Nicole Kidman reportedly tried to pull out of starring in new movie The Stepford Wives, after co-star John Cusack backed out of the project.

According to American news site PAGE SIX, Kidman was reluctant to make the movie after Cusack dropped out because of a family emergency, to be replaced by MATTHEW BRODERICK - and she had to be persuaded by producer Scott Rudin to stay on board.

A source tells Page Six, "She was intrigued about working with John Cusack. She didn't want to play against Matthew Broderick."

The film - which also stars Bette Midler, Glenn Close and CHRISTOPHER WALKEN - is due for release in the summer (04), but Page Six sources claim producers recently shot an extra eight weeks of footage and are battling to put the film together after a disappointing first trailer.

25/02/2004 09:21