LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Kidman will play an LAPD detective who worked undercover with a cult-like Californian desert gang as a young cop.
When the cult leader emerges years later, she must work through the cult's remaining members and her own history to conquer the demons that destroyed her past.
Casting is currently underway on the film. Kusama will direct from an original screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi ("Ride Along") who also co-wrote 'The Invitation,' the director calling this the second in her LA trilogy.
"La La Land" producer Fred Berger of Automatik is producing alongside Hay and Manfredi.
"Phil and Matt have written one of the most compelling screenplays I've ever read," Berger said. "Nicole is at the top of her game and Karyn is one of the most assured voices working today.
"It's a powerful combination, sure to produce an iconic character, and I feel lucky to be in their company."
Kidman starred in HBO's hit limited series "Big Little Lies," which just earned her an Emmy Award. Her recent film credits include Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled" for Focus Features and Yorgos Lanthimos' "Killing of a Sacred Deer" for A24.
Kidman has been nominated for four Academy Awards, winning for her performance in Stephen Daldry's "The Hours."
Catch Kidman in 'Australia' on Friday, 6 October on SBS at 8.40pm.