Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel Give Roaring Performances in 'Lion' First Look

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The upcoming real-life drama, Lion, is still months away from hitting theaters, but it's already being placed on awards season short lists.

Based on Saroo Brierley's non-fiction book, A Long Way Home, Lion follows Saroo (Dev Patel), who was adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) after getting separated from his family at age five. Two decades later, he sets out on a quest to find the family he lost.

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"I had another family -- a mother, a brother -- I can still see their faces," Patel as Saroo says in the trailer. "I have to find my way back home."

The British-born Patel spent eight months preparing for the role, perfecting his Australian accent with some help from his Aussie co-star, Kidman.

"She's so wonderful, so gracious on the film," Patel told Vanity Fair about the Oscar winner. "Some beautiful moments that we all shared together."

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Lion, also starring Rooney Mara, opens Nov. 25.