The first, and very brilliant looking trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s ode to his native land, the period epic “Australia” has arrived online. The film stars two of down under’s biggest names, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, and promises a sweeping, majestic film set against the backdrop of World War II and what Australia does best — wide, expansive landscape that, under a great visual director, will look pretty bloody awesome, as they do in this trailer.
A romantic action-adventure set in northern Australia prior to World War II, AUSTRALIA centers on an English aristocrat who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver to drive 2000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country’s most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson, Bill Hunter, Jacek Koman, John Jarratt, and written and directed by Baz Luhrmann.
Luhrmann should clear up some space in his trophy case, because this thing is going to win a lot of hardware come Awards season in Australia and in the U.S.
Head down under November 14, 2008.
High-def version of the trailer here.