November 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm #338870
Nicole Kidman & Reese Witherspoon To Star In ‘Big Little Lies’ Limited Series, Penned By David E. Kelley
by Nellie Andreeva November 25, 2014 12:30pm
In the highest-profile limited series package to hit the marketplace since Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective, which had Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson attached, Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are set to star in Big Little Lies, a limited series, which is being written by Emmy winner David E Kelley.
The project is based on the book of the same name by Australian author Liane Moriarty. It is described as a subversive comedy which tells the tale of three mothers of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.
Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard, along with Kidman and her Blossom Films production banner optioned the film and TV rights to Big Little Lies earlier this year for Witherspoon and Kidman to star and produce with Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea and Blossom partner Per Saari.
The original idea was to turn the book into a feature, which subsequently evolved into a limited series adaptation. The project is expected to be taken out to buyers soon. Witherspoon, Kidman and Kelley are repped by CAA.November 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm #338872
Great combo. I wonder what network it will be on.November 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm #338873
Sounds like a fun premise. So who will be cast as the third mother? I guess she’ll be the one who gets murdered.November 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm #338874
Just based on the fact it’s david E Kelly I am interested but the fact they are attached is even better. I say cast someone big as third mom too. Maybe Naomi Watts? Or if they want someone from the tv world and the movie world, maybe Brooke Shields?November 25, 2014 at 5:43 pm #338876
Get your Emmy Nicole Kidman.November 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm #338877
I figured we would start to see some massive movie stars come to TV very soon…but this news is pretty f***in crazy and great.November 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm #338878
I let out a huge WHAT? when I read it. This might be bigger than True Detective back when it was announced. McConaughey was at a lower level back when it was announced and Harrelson was at whatever level he’s been in for years. The premise is a bit too Desperate Housewives and David E Kelley doesn’t help, but common, these two together on a tv show? This is big BIG. Some might say it’s not as big as True Detective, but either way, they’re gonna break GoldDerby with this one.November 25, 2014 at 7:36 pm #338879
I let out a huge WHAT? when I read it. This might be bigger than True Detective back when it was announced. McConaughey was at a lower level back when it was announced and Harrelson was at whatever level he’s been in for years. The premise is a bit too Desperate Housewives and David E Kelley doesn’t help, but common, these two together on a tv show? This is big BIG. Some might say it’s not as big as True Detective, but either way, they’re gonna break GoldDerby with this one.
What’s wrong with David E. Kelley?
From an Amazon description about the book:
What is it about Liane Moriarty’s books that makes them so irresistible? They’re just classic “domestic” novels about marriage, motherhood, and modern upper-middle-class family life, after all. And despite the fact that Big Little Lies is Moriarty’s sixth adult novel (and it comes decades after the grandmother of this kind of thing, Bridget Jones’ Diary), it is remarkably new and fresh and winning Set in an Australian suburb, Big Little Lies focuses on three women, all of whom have children at the same preschool. One is a great beauty married to a fabulously rich businessman; they have a “perfect” set of twins. One is the can-do mom who can put together a mean pre-school art project but can’t prevent her teenage daughter from preferring her divorced dad. The third is a withdrawn, single mother who doesn’t quite fit in. Right from the start–thanks to a modern “Greek chorus” that narrates the action–we know that someone is going to end up dead. The questions are who and how. Miraculously, Moriarty keeps this high concept plot aloft, largely because she infuses it with such wit and heart. She also knows not to overplay the message she’s sending: that we all tell lies–to each other and, more importantly, to ourselves. –Sara NelsonNovember 25, 2014 at 9:08 pm #338880
Who is going to play the third women?November 25, 2014 at 11:42 pm #338883
[quote=”easonchan”]Who is going to play the third women?
Someone younger than Reese Witherspoon.
From comments elsewhere, the third women is in her early to mid twenties in the book.[/quote]
Age appropriate role for Jennifer Lawrence!November 26, 2014 at 2:43 am #338884
Or…. OR…….Felicity Jones? *_*November 26, 2014 at 5:05 am #338885
The description of the source material reads very slight and meh to me. Kinda sad that Nicole Kidman is doing something like this, but she seems to be a champion of this Australian author’s works, so best of luck to her with this project.