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Nicole Kidman and Liane Moriarty are teaming up again for the TV show of your dreams

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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, with a series confirmed to be coming to Hulu soon. 

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, as well as David E Kelly, the screenwriter of Big Little Lies

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. 

Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon run on a beach in a scene from Big Little Lies.

Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon in Big Little Lies

“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 Masha, Nine Perfect Strangers’ terrifying antagonist and the woman who presides over this strange wellness facility. Some of the characters up for grabs include Frances Welty, a romance novelist who escapes to the resort to nurse her broken heart and, hopefully, fall in love with a gorgeous fellow guest along the way. 

Nicole Kidman with author Liane Moriarty, Reese Witherspoon and producer Bruna Papandrea.

Nicole Kidman will team up with Liane Moriarty and Bruna Papandrea again. Fingers crossed Reese Witherspoon is along for the ride, too. 

The other characters include Tony, a former football player chasing redemption and Lars, a gay lawyer avoiding his partner’s desires to have children. (Tony should be played by Russell Crowe, and Lars by Luke Evans. This is not a subject currently up for debate.)

Carmel, a mother seeking a break from her family, is a role crying out for Keely Hawes to sink her teeth into, and the young couple Ben and Jessica, who have just won an enormous sum of money in the lottery, could be perfect for someone like Taron Egerton and Jodie Comer. That just leaves the Marconis, a mother, father and daughter who retreat to the facility to commemorate a tragic event. Yao, Masha’s well-meaning assistant, is a job for Chris Pang.

You can have those casting thoughts for free, Nicole!  

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