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While she was eager to work with director Chan-wook Park, Nicole Kidman originally turned down her part because she wished to spend time with her kids and husband. However, director Park was so eager to have her play the part of Evelyn that he chose to place the setting in Nashville, near her residence. The house used in the film is placed five minutes from Kidman's home, which allowed her to begin filming just a week after she wrapped The Paperboy (2012).
Matthew Goode's boyhood crush was his co-star in this film, Nicole Kidman: "I had this vision of myself when I was 7 years old watching Nicole when she was, like, 14 or 15 in BMX Bandits, one of her earliest films. And I was like, "If you told that 7-year-old that he would be locking lips with that actress on the screen, he would never have believed it."
Wentworth Miller has also penned "Uncle Charlie", a prequel to Stoker.
The film's three lead actresses - Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver - are all Australian in real life; however, all use American accents for this film.
All of India's outfits are symmetrical, while Evie's are asymmetrical.
Mia Wasikowska's favorite scene to shoot was the piano duet between her and Matthew Goode.
According to Nicole Kidman, her co-star Mia Wasikowska was always reading between takes, including the works of Anton Chekhov, David Mamet and Tennessee Williams.
It was Mia Wasikowska's idea for India to raise her right foot whenever she had an orgasm.
The script was included in 2010's "Black List" of best unproduced screenplays.
Although Chan-wook Park understands English, he does not speak it fluently. This meant that he had a translator on set, who had to guide the cast and crew.
This is the first script written by Wentworth Miller.
Colin Firth, James Franco, Joel Edgerton, and Michael Fassbender were considered for the role of Uncle Charlie. Firth was actually cast, but he dropped out and was replaced by Matthew Goode.
Chan-wook Park appreciated Mia Wasikowska's former ballet training, as it ensured she slotted perfectly into the cool, linear imagery of the film: "Mia's posture: her stillness and her straightness speaks to the personality of a character who likes everything ordered around her."
Jodie Foster was originally cast as the lead character but dropped out and was replaced by Nicole Kidman. In Panic Room (2002), Nicole Kidman was originally cast as the lead character, but had to drop out and was replaced by Jodie Foster.
Wentworth Miller revealed in an interview that he imagined Matthew Goode playing Charles Stoker when writing the screenplay.
30 minutes of footage was edited out of the final cut.
The design of the grey dress India wears the day after the funeral was inspired by the works of German photographer Loretta Lux, who was known for her surreal portraits of children.
Mia Wasikowska's scene in the shower was the last one shot during the production.
This is director Chan-wook Park's first English-language film.
Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster were originally cast but both dropped out and were replaced by Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman.
Although she plays an 18 year old, Mia Wasikowska was 23 when she made the film.
American composer Philip Glass had been hired to score the film and was replaced by Clint Mansell, an English composer and former lead singer for Pop Will Eat Itself. Glass' composition, "Duet," remains on the soundtrack and serves as the backdrop for an integral scene in Stoker.
Chan-wook Park first noticed Mia Wasikowska when he saw her in the zombie short film I Love Sarah Jane (2008).
At their first meeting to discuss her role in this film, director Chan-wook Park gave Mia Wasikowska a copy of John Everett Millais's 1851 picture The Bridesmaid: a lurid triangle of golden curls gushing from her face, dark eyes upturned with loaded expectation. He also gave her a stone statue of a jaguar: "to signify the predator motif he wanted to bring to the film".
The end credits run backwards.
A major influence on Wentworth Miller's screenplay was Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943).
Large stone pieces decorates Evie's moody room. They were originally part of a Louis Sullivan-designed building in Chicago, but found by the production at a Nashville antique store and used in the film since they looked like tombstones.
Wentworth Miller released the script under the pseudonym of Ted Foulke.
Dedicated to Tony Scott who committed suicide during production.
Ranked #6 on 'Best Movies of 2013' by Empire Magazine, the biggest movie magazine in the world.
Although fourth billed, Dermot Mulroney only appears in four scenes and only one of those features dialogue.
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This is the second time Nicole Kidman and Wentworth Miller have worked together on a film: They both acted in The Human Stain in 2003.
The film was inspired by Alfred hitchcocks 1943 film Shadow of a doubt.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Nicole Kidman and Dermot Mulroney portrays a married couple in the film. They never met during filming.
Charlie's sunglasses are also worn by two other characters in the film - India and Charlie's brother Richard. Finding sunglasses that suited the faces of three different actors presented a challenge to the costume designers, who did fittings with 60 different pairs before finally settling on one.
Initially, India was to wear shoes with leopard print, in order to be representative of a predator. The production was unable to find such a pair and considered snake print, before they discovered crocodile Louboutins.

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