This project is going to be the next Big Little Lies.
Nicole Kidman and Liane Moriarty. Name a more iconic duo. We’ll wait.
The star and producer of Big Little Lies and its author Liane Moriarty have joined forces again to adapt Moriarty’s forthcoming novel Nine Perfect Strangers. The book hasn’t even hit shelves yet, and already the television adaptation rights have been snapped up.
Kidman has announced that she will star and produce the a television adaptation of the forthcoming novel, working alongside Moriarty and Bruna Papandrea, the Australian producer responsible for turning Big Little Lies into a global sensation.
The novel, which tells the story of some sinister goings on and romantic entanglements at a luxury wellness retreat, caught Kidman and Papandrea’s eyes before Moriarty had even finished writing it, according to the writer.
“I’m so very happy and thrilled to once again by working with Nicole, Per [Saari, producer] and Bruna,” the author said in a statement, reported on The Hollywood Reporter. “They are such talented, passionate people and I have no doubt that whatever they do with my Nine Perfect Strangers, it will be brilliant. I’m honoured by their faith in this book – even before I’d written ‘the end’ they believed in it, and I just feel very lucky to have had them come into my life.”
Kidman will play Frances Welty, Nine Perfect Strangers’ protagonist. She’s a bestselling romance novelist who has escaped to the resort to nurse her broken heart and, hopefully, fall in love with a gorgeous fellow guest along the way. (Can we ask that Chris Pine play that guest? No reason other than: Chris Pine.)
The other characters in the novel are still to be announced, but we’re not going to let a small thing like journalistic integrity get in the way of our fantasy casting dreams. Because a wellness retreat always includes at least one truly bonkers wellness aficionado, might we suggest Gwyneth Paltrow for that role? It would be the kind of ironic choice that would drive everyone wild.
That’s three of the resort’s attendees locked down. For the remaining six, we’d like a combination of Melissa McCarthy, Tessa Thompson, Daniel Kaluuya, Kelly Marie Tran, Emma Stone and Matthew Goode.
And what about the most intriguing character in the whole story, the mysterious owner of the retreat who promises to have all the answers to every possible life ailment? A person so enigmatic and compelling that every guest is drawn into their orbit?
Helen Mirren. That’s gotta be Helen Mirren. We hope you’ve been paying attention, Hollywood.
Nine Perfect Strangers will be released in the UK on October 4.
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