Well, yes and no. While Hollywood rarely misses an opportunity to shun a female star once she hits a certain age, in this case it's a more practical matter. Readers of Leo Tolstoy's epic war-time novel about Russian aristocrats may recall that Natasha (full name: Countess Natalya "Natasha" Ilyinichna Rostov) is only 12 years old when the story begins. The book spans several years, ending when the heroine is 28.
A 27-year-old Audrey Hepburn played the character in the 1956 cinematic version, while Lily James was 25 when she was cast in last year's BBC adaptation.
Kidman told the magazine that the role appealed to her because of her love of literature.
"I grew up watching TV, but I also grew up watching a lot of theater, and I grew up with literature," she said. "That was basically where I molded my imagination and where I could get lost. And I'm still like that. Like, I'll find a book and I can just read and read and read, and it's my protection, it's my sanctuary, it's my place that I can go when I need friends, you know. More than cinema, more than television, more than any of those things, I've found that through books."
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