HBO’s star-studded limited series Big Little Lies just added another notable film actress to the upcoming project.
The Divergent Series star Shailene Woodley is joining dream team Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in David E. Kelley’s project, as confirmed by Kidman herself at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit this weekend.
Witherspoon and Kidman are involved in Big Little Lies both onscreen and off, doubling as both actresses and exec producers for the upcoming HBO series adapted from Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel of the same name. The dramedy is about three kindergarten moms, their seemingly flawless lives and what’s really going down — and what’s apparently going down involves murder. Dark, eh?
The pilot was written by Kelley, the successful screenwriter who has brought us magic such as Picket Fences, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope and other gems in the past.
With strong females in the lead, this limited series seems promising — though the exact number of episodes is still undetermined. Either way, HBO was all over this as the show features two Academy Award-winning actresses doing the television thing — which isn’t too different than the True Detective hook that served them so well last year.
Though HBO has yet to still officially confirm Woodley’s role in this sweet project, Kidman’s word is pretty reliable. After all, Kidman and Witherspoon, with their own production companies, Blossom Films and Pacific Standard Films, were the two who were all over the rights to Big Little Lies before they sealed the deal with HBO.
The formula for good television is here — with solid talent, on and offscreen — and women on the forefront. The only criticism, of course, is the lack of diversity when it comes to people of colour and lack of representation there.