Thirteen years ago, Nicole Kidman was emerging from her divorce from Tom Cruise when she starred in Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge!” Costar Ewan McGregor had a number of prominent roles to his name at the time, but never a major romantic lead. The movie musical became a cult favorite and launched them both to a new level of celebrity.
On Monday night, Kidman, McGregor, and Luhrmann reunited in Manhattan at the tony Upper East Side French restaurant Le Bilboquet, the first time in a while they’d all been together in the same room, though no one could figure out for exactly how long.
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“We haven’t done this in I don’t know how many years,” the actress said.
Kidman had just returned to New York from London, where she premiered the new thriller “Before I Go to Sleep,” not for fashion week but at the invitation of Tod’s Diego Della Valle for the reopening of the brand’s Madison Avenue store.
“I’m very partial to Italians,” Kidman said. “I’ve loved Italians ever since I was 17 years old and I traveled to Rome and met my first big group of Italian men.”
It was Della Valle’s idea to get the old gang together. Luhrmann lives in New York with costume designer Catherine Martin and their children and just happens to be the Tod’s chief’s neighbor in the West Village. “I heard that Nicole and Ewan were here and I wanted to surprise them because I’m never around,” Luhrmann said. “I thought, ‘I’m going to sneak up on them,’ and I did.”
Aside from a collaboration with Barneys New York that includes a takeover of the store’s holiday windows, the filmmaker is preparing a television project, reportedly about the early days of hip-hop in New York, that he’s been shopping around to various networks.
“It’s about to be formally announced. It’s for Netflix,” is all he would say. “It’s all about New York in the Seventies. I can’t say more.”