Two Oscar-winning actresses who do most of their work in feature films are on board for a new TV series from David E. Kelley. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are set to star in the project, a limited series that will be shopped to premium cable nets and streaming services.
The series, written by Kelley, is based on the book “Big Little Lies,” by Liane Moriarty, the report notes.
“Kidman and her Blossom Films banner as well as Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard shingle optioned the rights to the No. 1 New York Times best-seller as a potential starring feature film in August,” THR reports. “The novel centers on three mothers to kindergartners whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to a murder-mystery that takes place during a disastrous parents’ night at an elementary school fundraiser.”
Kelley has a long track record of TV success, and is known as the creator of “Ally McBeal,” “Boston Public,” “The Practice” and other shows. He was recently a showrunner on the Robin Williams comedy series “The Crazy Ones” at CBS.
“Kidman and Witherspoon will both exec produce alongside Kelley, who currently is exploring the marketplace free of a studio-based overall deal,” the report notes.
Both Witherspoon and Kidman are Oscar winners. Witherspoon received an Academy Award in 2006 for “Walk the Line,” while Kidman, who has been nominated three times, picked up a trophy in 2003 for “The Hours.”