After finding wild success—and an Emmy win—on HBO’s Big Little Lies, Nicole Kidman is wisely bringing Nine Perfect Strangers, another hit by author Liane Moriarty, to the big screen. Hulu announced today that Kidman will star and produce in an adaptation of Moriarty’s 2018 best seller about an eclectic group convening at a luxe, Miraval-style wellness resort named Tranquillum House. No spoilers: It won’t be too tranquil. Kidman is set to play the resort director guiding the nine on a path of enlightenment, but, as the announcement teases, these “perfect” strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.
Drama, scandal, secrets, self-care, and Nicole Kidman: Yes, the show is shaping up to be a kind of Big Little Lies redux (even as Kidman still stars on season two of the HBO show, premiering this June with new cast member Meryl Streep). But can Nine Perfect Strangers capture the magic of Big Little Lies, that heady mix of biting social commentary and breathtaking real estate porn?
The outlook is pretty sunny. It has Moriarty’s original source material—which in the case of BLL ended with season one. Nine Perfect Strangers also reunites the creative team behind BLL, including Kidman’s production company (Blossom Films), producer Bruna Papandrea, and writer David E. Kelley (of Ally McBeal fame). It will be hard to top the scenic bluffs of Monterey, California, but something tells me a swanky wellness spa, complete with Zen meditation rooms and bubbling mud baths, will do. Also, Nine Perfect Strangers could deliver an equally compelling ensemble cast: as The New York Times noted in its review of the book: “If three characters were good in Big Little Lies, nine are even better in Nine Perfect Strangers.”