Everyone who is anyone in Hollywood is looking to the smaller screen for the meaty roles that go down in cultural history. Cases in point? Matthew McConaughey in True Detective. Our own Colin Farrell is about to take the lead in the second series of the hit HBO show. Scarlett Johansson is about to start shooting The Custom of the Country, an adaptation of an Edith Wharton novel. Maggie Gyllenhaal wowed everyone last summer in the BBC’s The Honourable Woman. With the trend attracting such strong talent, it comes as no surprise that Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have signed the dotted downsizing line.
Big Little Lies is the name of the show that has attracted the Oscar-winners and is an adaptation of a novel of the same name from Australian writer Liane Moriarity. Apparently it’s a dark comedy mixing murder plots with fancy kindergarten politics. David E. Kelley is the brains behind the production – you might recognise his name from the credits of Boston Legal, The Practice, Chicago Hope and Ally McBeal. (Does this mean Reese and Nicole will be fronting a show for seventeen series???)
While Kidman’s career has been pretty subdued lately – no one mention the Princess Grace movie – Witherspoon has been busy promoting Wild, a movie that looks set to nab her another nomination from the Academy if the trailer below is anything to go by.
Have any of our readers read the source novel? Are the cast in line for a glut of Emmys?
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