Following on from her success in HBO’s “Big Little Lies”, Australian actress Nicole Kidman has joined the cast of Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers.” Both series are the products of acclaimed Australian author, Liane Moriarty, with “Nine Perfect Strangers” being Moriarty’s most recent publication (released September 2018).
While HBO has the rights to “Big Little Lies”, Hulu managed to snatch up the TV rights to Moriarty’s most recent novel. Hulu has already ordered a full-schedule for the limited series, which is slated for a late 2020 release. With Game of Thrones finishing up this year, there will certainly be room for a new show to take centre stage in the ratings.
Background on the show
The series will be set in a health resort, documenting the relationships between nine separate strangers staying at the resort. Kidman is expected to play the resort director. Fans of “Big Little Lies” can rest easy knowing that the project will feature the involvement of BLL collaborators, Bruna Papandrea and David E. Kelley. Kidman’s production company, Blossom Films will produce the series, however, no international broadcasters have been named currently.
Tapping into the success of BLL
It appears a smart move for all those involved, given the success of BLL for HBO. Initially billed as a miniseries, BLL was widely acclaimed in its first season, prompting HBO to renew the series for a second season, which will multiple-Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep. Streep was nominated for another Academy Award in 2018 for “The Post.” The first season received 4 Golden Globe wins and 5 Primetime Emmy award wins. The second season is set to premiere in June of this year.