Nicole KIdman & Reese Witherspoon Team to Lead 'Big Little Lies'
Individually, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witterspoon have turned in some fantastic leading performances, each having their own respective amount of accolades and awards. Now audience will get to see what these two leading ladies can do together. Deadline has word that Kidman and her Blossom Films production banner is teaming with Witherspoon's Pacific Standard company to option the screen rights to Big Little Lies, the best-selling novel by Liane Moriarty. The two will produce the film and are also developing the project as a vehicle in which both of the actresses will star. So what is this new book about?
Here's the official synopsis for the book that was released just over a week ago:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
So Witherspoon and Kidman will be playing two of these three women with the third yet to be cast. And while the description of the characters is there, Kidman and Witherspoon are versatile enough that they could fill any of the three roles, so it's hard to guess which they'll each play. Witherspoon has been on a roll in the producing game lately as she has the David Fincher directed adaptation of Gone Girl coming this fall, and another awards contender in her own starring vehicle Wild from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean Marc Vallee. Could this new collaboration be an awards contender in the making?