Kidman's metamorphosis in 'Destroyer' surprises even herself

Nicole Kidman attends the premiere for "Destroyer" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on Monday, Sept. 1

Nicole Kidman attends the premiere for "Destroyer" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on Monday, Sept. 1

Actor Nicole Kidman arrives ahead of the screening of "Destroyer" during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (

Actor Nicole Kidman arrives ahead of the screening of "Destroyer" during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (

Tatiana Maslany, from left, Nicole Kidman and Sebastian Stan attend the premiere for "Destroyer" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival a

Tatiana Maslany, from left, Nicole Kidman and Sebastian Stan attend the premiere for "Destroyer" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival a

Actors Tatiana Maslany, Nicole Kidman and Sebastian Stan arrive ahead of the screening of "Destroyer" during the Toronto International Film Festival i

Actors Tatiana Maslany, Nicole Kidman and Sebastian Stan arrive ahead of the screening of "Destroyer" during the Toronto International Film Festival i

Director Karyn Kusama attends the premiere for "Destroyer" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on Monday,

Director Karyn Kusama attends the premiere for "Destroyer" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on Monday,

Tatiana Maslany attends the premiere for "Destroyer" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on Monday, Sept.

Tatiana Maslany attends the premiere for "Destroyer" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on Monday, Sept.

TORONTO (AP) — Sometimes, Nicole Kidman's transformations surprise even herself.

In Karyn Kusama's "Destroyer," Kidman is almost unrecognizable as a haunted and hardened police detective who speaks in a husky whisper and drinks heavily. The movie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, is a brutal L.A. noir with a female anti-hero.

Kidman says that while watching the film, she thinks: "God, is that me?"

The 51-year-old actress's metamorphosis in "Destroyer" again has Kidman among the Oscar contenders.

The film is set for release in December.