Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman to Woo Tourists Down Under
06/17/2008 AT 03:15 PM EDT
"This movie will potentially be seen by tens of millions of people, and it will bring to life little-known aspects of Australia's extraordinary natural environment, history, and indigenous culture," says the country's Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson – joining those who foresee a new jumpstart to an Australian tourism that has stagnated since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the Associated Press reports.
Such movie magic has happened before: witness Crocodile Dundee, in 1986.
Reuniting Kidman with her 2001 Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, the $122-million Australia is described as a sweeping story about an English aristocrat (Kidman) who before the start of WWII inherits a sprawling property and falls in love with a rugged cattle drover (Jackman).
– Stephen M. Silverman