Kidman and Fiennes to Star in Reader

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Nicole Kidman and Ralph Fiennes will star in The Reader for The Weinstein Company. Stephen Daldry is directing a script by David Hare.

The film is a love story based on the bestselling novel by German writer Bernhard Schlink. The setting is contemporary Germany, where a man recounts the story of his erotic awakening in a covert love affair with an older woman in the wake of WWII.

Mirage Productions partners Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack are producing with Scott Rudin. Shooting begins in Berlin late September.

Kidman, Daldry, Hare and Rudin last collaborated on The Hours, for which the actress won an Oscar. She has worked with Minghella on Cold Mountain and Pollack on The Interpreter. Fiennes starred for Minghella in The English Patient.