Hulu is continuing its love affair with author Liane Moriarty’s novels, and we’re getting another TV show adaptation of her work as a result! Nine Perfect Strangers is so close to making its way into the streaming site’s queue, and it reunites Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley with none other than Celeste Wright herself: the legendary Nicole Kidman.
But while we’re waiting for the show to debut (which also has me thinking: Is Big Little Lies ever coming back for season 3??), let’s deep dive into what we know so far. Besides, along with our resident power duo, you should expect to see some well-loved Hollywood staples make cameos too. Call me excited, because I’m all ready to go!
Let’s take a look at what we can expect from Nine Perfect Strangers:
The Hollywood Reporter announced the origins of the series back in 2019, sharing the Hulu project will take cues from Moriarty’s 2018 novel of the same name. If you’re wondering what it’s about, here’s the gist: A director (who gives everyone the heebie-jeebies) runs an exclusive wellness resort and when nine clients show up for a cleanse, things start to get…paranormal. Say what now?
In an official statement from Hulu (by way of Variety in January 2020), the show’s premise is described like this:
The creepy vibes are strong with this one, but Moriarty expanded on the premise, telling The Guardian in 2018 that she was inspired to write the book based on “this desire we all have for transformation.”
“I can never see an article that says, ‘Just change this one thing about your life and you’ll be transformed forever,’” she told the publication. “Even though you know when you click on it, it won’t work. I find it irresistible.” Well then!
If you thought Nicole Kidman was the only acting heavyweight in this miniseries, well my friends, you definitely stand corrected. As it turns out, a bunch of beloved actors are joining Nicole on the journey to the meditation resort, including Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans, Regina Hall, Tiffany Boone, Samara Weaving, Bobby Cannavale, and Michael Shannon. Grace Van Patten and Manny Jacinto are also expected to make an appearance at some point as well.
As far as the creative team goes…could you expect anyone other than the creators of Big Little Lies to be involved? Of course not! With Kelley taking on the creator/showrunner role and Kidman wearing the producer’s hat, the duo will be joined by BLL executive producer Bruna Papandrea. In addition, John Henry Butterworth (Ford v. Ferrari) will also be a showrunner, and Kelley will write the show with Samantha Strauss.
If you don’t think this isn’t a powerhouse of a lineup, then honestly, I don’t know what to tell you.
The first taste of Nine Perfect Strangers casually dropped in our laps during the 2021 Oscars, showing Kidman (whose skincare routine needs to be documented STAT) in a sexy white pantsuit, beginning what is sure to be a long-winded manipulation scheme. As she says in the video, “In ten days, you will be transformed”… and then the camera pans to the nine strangers lying in their own graves. Yikes!
As far as a premiere date goes, I’m afraid there’s no concrete info just yet. The only solace I can give you is that Hulu confirmed the show is expected to drop sometime this year.
Until then, maybe just watch the trailer on repeat…