joefEXCLUSIVE: Joseph Fiennes has been set to star with Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving in Strangerland, the Kim Farrant-directed film that shoots in Australia. He replaces Guy Pearce, who dropped from the project. The mystery revolves around a couple whose teen kids turn up missing in the Outback. Script is by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. Pic was written about by my old Variety pal Patrick Frater last fall, and he said that its financing came from Screen Australia, the Irish Film Board and equity financier Worldview Entertainment, with Wild Bunch selling international territories.

Fiennes will next be seen in the Brett Ratner-directed Hercules, which stars Dwayne Johnson. Fiennes is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and UK-based The Artists Partnership.