"Lion," which opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 25, follows the
true story of Saroo Brierley, played by British actor Dev Patel,
who was separated from his family in central India aged 5 when
he accidentally boarded a train to Calcutta.
As a lost child unable to remember where his home is, Saroo is
put up for adoption and taken in by an Australian couple.
Years later as a grown man living a successful life in
Australia, Saroo tries to find his family using satellite images
from Google Earth and confronts new challenges as his past life
collides with his present.
Australian actress Kidman, 49, who adopted two children with her
ex-husband, actor Tom Cruise, said that was the reason she was
drawn to play Sue Brierley, Saroo's adopted mother.
"I was drawn to her and she wanted me to play her, which I
loved," Kidman said.
"I still wanted every moment that was on screen to be full of
her story and her truth ... and that's almost harder than being
the lead because it's trying to put all of those complicated
emotions and ideas into small scenes," she added.
Patel praised Kidman's performance, saying "her performances
come from a very authentic place and to share the screen with
her really was a blessing."
The 26-year-old London actor said he spent eight months
preparing for the role and learning the Australian accent.
"I started off a bit Crocodile Dundee I think and then I had to
be reigned in," he quipped.
(Reporting by Reuters TV in London; Writing by Piya Sinha-Roy;
Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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