Nicole Kidman argues with ‘Expats’ director, filming put on hold: Report

Nicole Kidman filming in Mong Kok’s Ladies Market in August. Photo: MP Weekly
Nicole Kidman filming in Mong Kok’s Ladies Market in August. Photo: MP Weekly

The filming of Nicole Kidman’s series “Expats” was reportedly paused after the actress had a dispute with the director while shooting in Mong Kok.

According to local media, Kidman argued with American director Lulu Wang while filming a scene in a pet shop near Fa Yuen Street last Thursday, the fourth straight day that the cast had been shooting in the area.

During the argument, Kidman reportedly left in a huff and took a break. She then took a car back to her residence at the Peak, leaving the crew to skip over her part and film other scenes instead.

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The show’s shooting schedule was paused for three days, according to Oriental Daily. The crew were meant to wrap up their Mong Kok filming and move to Hong Kong island, but they have yet to be seen in action.

Kidman arrived in Hong Kong from Australia in the second week of August to commence filming of “Expats,” an Amazon TV series based on a novel by author Janice Y.K. Lee. She was exempted from the city’s stringent quarantine rules, stirring controversy about the purported “special treatment” the government had granted her.

Wang, who was not excused from quarantine, arrived in Hong Kong earlier this year. Her saved Instagram Stories, dating back to 30 weeks ago, show her enjoying street food, visiting the “Monster Building” in Quarry Bay and walking past colorful street stalls on Pottinger Street in Central.

According to a casting call on Facebook seeking actors for “Expats,” the filming is expected to run through to December.

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