Cate Blanchett has been revealed as the voice of the masked woman who escorts Tom Cruise through a risque underworld of sex cults in Eyes Wide Shut.
Director Stanley Kubrick’s then-assistant, Leon Vitali, dropped the bombshell casting nugget while revisiting the 1999 drama as part of a piece for Vulture magazine.
English actress Abigail Good appeared in the film, but Vitali explains the producers needed an American accent – so they turned to Australian Blanchett.
“It was Cate Blanchett! That was her voice,” Vitali said. “We wanted something warm and sensual but that at the same time could be a part of a ritual. Stanley had talked about finding this voice and this quality that we needed…”
“It was actually Tom and Nicole (Kidman) who came up with the idea of Cate. She was in England at the time, so she came into Pinewood (studios) and recorded the lines.”