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Kidman will star in and executive produce Nine Perfect Strangers, for which the streamer has given a straight-to-series order. The drama is based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s novel and will reteam Kidman with BLL showrunner David E. Kelley and executive producer Bruna Papandrea.
The order was announced Wednesday during Hulu’s NewFronts presentation in New York, where Hulu also confirmed the pickup of limited series The Dropout, starring Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon as Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes; announced the pickup of a pair of live-action Marvel dramas; and renewed comedies PEN15 and Ramy, among other news.
Nine Perfect Strangers is set at a boutique wellness resort where, per Hulu’s logline, “nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this 10-day retreat is the resorts director Masha (Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. However, these nine ‘perfect’ strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.”
Kidman’s Blossom Films and Papandrea’s Made Up Stories acquired the rights to the book in a preemptive deal in July 2018. The series is expected to premiere in late 2020.
Kelley and John Henry Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow) are co-writing the series and will also serve as co-showrunners. They executive produce with Kidman, Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Casey Haver of Made Up Stories, Per Saari of Blossom Films and Moriarty. Endeavor Content is also producing.
This is Kidman and Kelley’s third project together. The duo will reteam for the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies and have drama series The Undoing — in which Kidman stars opposite Hugh Grant — at the premium cable network. The deal for Nine Perfect Strangers gives Kidman business at both Hulu and Amazon, with the actress and exec producer having a first-look deal with the latter streamer where she’s exec producing drama The Expatriates.
The Dropout is based on the ABC News podcast of the same title and will explore what made Holmes, who through the biotech startup became (on paper, at least) the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire to lose everything. McKinnon is also executive producing along with the team from the podcast: ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson.
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