Kidman's £18m Chanel ad debuts at Bridget Jones film

LONDON – Nicole Kidman's £18m, two-minute ad for Chanel No 5, billed as the most expensive made to date, is to break in cinemas tomorrow with 'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason'.

The decision to break the ad in cinema is a major coup for the medium, which has seen advertising revenue increase rapidly over the past 10 years to over £175m, the best figure in 30 years.

The Chanel ad, created in-house, is due to break on UK television from November 20 and will be accompanied by an extensive UK press campaign. Media buying is through Mediaedge:cia

The ad takes the theme of a love story, in which Kidman plays an elegant, sexy celebrity besieged by paparazzi. It is directed by 'Moulin Rouge' director Baz Luhrmann.

In the ad, Kidman is seen entering a building and climbing a staircase where she meets Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro, who appeared in last year's hit comedy 'Love Actually'. The pair kiss and disappear into a room before Kidman reappears to greet her fans, wearing a pendant saying No 5. It is the only reference to Chanel in the ad.

Kidman, who claims to be a lifelong fan of Chanel No 5, was signed by the designer brand in October. Separately, it is being reported that she is in talks to star as Coco Chanel in a movie about the fashion designer's life.

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