Naomi Watts movie: First look at Naomi Watts in powerful new Australian film Penguin Bloom

Hollywood star Naomi Watts has revealed how she played a real-life woman who formed a fond friendship with a baby magpie in the inspirational new Aussie film Penguin Bloom.

The Oscar-nominated actress stars in the true survival story of Samantha Bloom, an active Aussie mum who is left paralysed from the chest down following an accident in Thailand.

Watch the trailer and Naomi Watts’ Sunrise interview in the video above

Her struggle to push ahead is helped along by a wounded baby magpie her family takes in, named Penguin.

The extraordinary true story had previously been told in the 2016 book Penguin Bloom: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family.

Naomi Watts stars as Samantha Bloom in ‘Penguin Bloom’ Credit: Supplied

Watts told Sunrise she worked closely with Samantha to prepare to for the role, describing her as an “extraordinary woman” with “so much resilience”.

“You’re always nervous before you go into the experience of playing a real-life person, so I just wanted to do the right thing by her,” she explained.

“But she could not have been more generous, I just loved talking to her, it was a beautiful friendship that was formed as well.”

The film was shot at the Bloom’s real-life home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Samantha Bloom and Naomi Watts in Sydney
Samantha Bloom and Naomi Watts in Sydney Credit: Instagram

Watt is joined by co-stars Andrew Lincoln, Jacki Weaver, Rachel House, Leeanna Walsman, Lisa Hensley, Griffin Murray-Johnston, Felix Cameron, and Abe Clifford-Barr in the film.

Watts also revealed how she filmed scenes with the other star of the film, Penguin the magpie.

“They used multiple birds that were supremely trained, then a little bit of CGI and animatronics were needed,” she explained.

“I was thinking ‘how can this be achievable? and they pulled it off!”

Penguin Bloom arrives in Australian cinemas on January 21

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