Yellowstone Creator Casts Nicole Kidman In New Series

Nicole Kidman has a role in Taylor Sheridan's upcoming series, Lioness.

By Chad Langen | Updated

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Taylor Sheridan is undoubtedly one of the hardest working people in the television business, and as of late, it’s getting hard to keep track of all the projects he’s working on. His current series include Yellowstone, Mayor of Kingstown, Tulsa King, 1923, and 1883, but he has several other shows in development. One of those programs is the CIA drama Lioness, and according to Variety, Nicole Kidman has joined the cast.

Based on a real CIA program, Lioness centers on Cruz Manuelos (Laysla De Oliveira), a young marine recruited to join the Lioness Engagement Team, helping to bring down a terrorist organization from within by befriending the daughter of one of the members. As for Nicole Kidman, she’ll play Kaitlyn Meade, a Senior Supervisor for the CIA who has had a long career playing political games. She struggles with her personal and professional life balance, as well as mentoring someone who is suspiciously following in her same steps.

Like Nicole Kidman, Avatar: The Way of Water actress Zoe Saldana is also executive producing and starring in the series. She’ll play Joe, the station chief of the Lioness program who serves as the leader of the young recruits. She’s tasked with training her fellow female undercover operatives to assassinate the world’s most dangerous terrorists.

Along with Zoe Saldana and Nicole Kidman, the cast of Lioness includes Jill Wagner, Dave Annable, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Stephanie Nur, Jonah Wharton, and Hannah Love Lanier. The series was co-created by Taylor Sheridan, who also serves as executive producer. Additionally, he’ll handle showrunner duties after Thomas Brady stepped down from the role back in June 2022.

Best known for her extensive work in motion pictures, Nicole Kidman has become increasingly active in the world of television in the past few years. She starred in and executive produced the critically-acclaimed HBO series Big Little Lies, for which she nabbed both a Golden Globe and Emmy for her role as Celeste Wright. She also had prominent parts in shows like The Undoing and Nine Perfect Strangers.

When she’s not raving about the magic of movies in those cringy AMC ads, Nicole Kidman is hard at work on several forthcoming projects. Later this year, the 55-year-old actress is set to reprise her role as Atlanna in the long-awaited sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The film’s release date has been shuffled too many times to count, but it’s finally set to arrive in theaters on December 25, 2023.

Also down the line for the busy actress is a leading role in yet another television program, which is titled Faraway Downs. In addition to Nicole Kidman, the upcoming miniseries stars fellow Australian thespian Hugh Jackman. The story revolves around an aristocrat who joins forces with a cattle drover to protect her ranch when barons plot to take her land.

Further out, Nicole Kidman has been tapped to star in Holland, Michigan, a thriller centered on a woman who suspects her husband is cheating. She begins an affair of her own before learning of her husband’s true, dark secret life. The project, which is being directed by Mimi Cave, is currently in pre-production. No release date has been set for the film at this time.