Academy Award and Emmy-winning actor Nicole Kidman returned to Australia for a special advance screening of her upcoming Prime Video series, Expats, at Palace Verona in Sydney this week. The screening is one of the final events at the beloved cinema before it closes in early 2024, and a fitting return to the venue for Kidman, who guest-starred at its opening 27 years ago.
Expats, which launches on Prime Video on January 26, is a six-part limited series directed by Lulu Wang and co-executive produced by Kidman, based on the internationally best-selling novel The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee.
Starring Kidman (Big Little Lies, The Undoing), Sarayu Blue (Never Have I Ever, Blockers), Ji-young Yoo (The Sky Is Everywhere, Smoking Tigers), Brian Tee (Chicago Med, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows), and Jack Huston (House of Gucci, Fargo), the Hong Kong-filmed series centres on three American women—Margaret (Kidman), Hilary (Blue), and Mercy (Yoo)—whose lives intersect after a sudden family tragedy. The show interrogates privilege and explores what happens when the line between victimhood and culpability becomes blurred.
At the Sydney screening, hosted by TV presenter Angela Bishop, Kidman introduced the show, and was joined on the red carpet by husband Keith Urban, writer and executive producer Alice Bell, and actor Blessing Mokgohloa (Expats’ Pastor Alan Mambo). Guests also included Nina Oyama, James Tobin, Emma Horn, Danijela Dacic, Lucia Field, Olivia Frazer, and Justin Hill.
Here’s a look at some of the star power on the red carpet at the event.