HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies” starring Nicole Kidman & Reese Witherspoon will be directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild, Dallas Buyers Club, CRAZY).
Produced by Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and writer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Justice) for his first foray into premium cable, the show, based on a best selling novel by australian Liane Moriarty, is in the same vein as The Slap and tells the story of three mothers of kindergartners, each at crossroads, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Kidman will play Celeste, the kind of beauty who makes the world around her stop and stare. Whitherspoon will play Madeline, a force to be reckoned with, funny, biting and passionnate. New to town single mother Jane has yet to be cast. When Celeste and Madeline takes her under their wing, none of them realize how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. It’s a show about ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Shooting is expected to start next January and will resume in May. French Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée has been chosen to direct the episodes -the exact number has not been announced yet. It’s a reunion with Reese Witherspoon, whom he directed on Wild in 2014. His previous movie Dallas Buyers Club received a ton of nominations in 2013, including two wins at the Oscars for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s performances. His next movie, Demolition, starring Jack Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, will be released on April 2016.