Shailene Woodley Rounds Out The Trio In HBO’s Big Little Lies

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In case you missed it, last year’s hit novel from Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies, is being adapted into a “limited series” on HBO. That is the good news, but it is not even the best news about this post. Just wait!

This past autumn, HBO announced that it would produce a miniseries adapted from the book, with the script written by Emmy winner David E. Kelley. Then we found out that both Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon were on board to star in the miniseries. The Academy Award winners’ production companies are involved, too; Blossom Films and Pacific Standard, respectively.

So what is the newest news, then? Although HBO declined comment, Nicole Kidman let it slip over the weekend that Shailene Woodley will round out the trio of women, playing the young single mother, Jane. Woodley gets more recognition every film she is in, and it is well deserved. Most young actresses would probably find the thought of going up against (well, not really against) Kidman and Witherspoon daunting, but there is no question Woodley is right for the job.

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Credit: Penguin Publishing

Big Little Lies centers around three women who become friends through their children’s school. Jane, Madeline, and Celeste have children starting school together, but the age of their children is not the only similarity they share. Each woman has a dark secret regarding the men in their lives, with an emphasis on domestic abuse. Then, as their friendship unfolds, the women realize they have more in common than they once thought. When someone falls to his or her death (I won’t spoil it for you!), the bond of friendship is truly tested.

I think we can all agree that this is pretty awesome news across the board. Not only are all these women amazingly talented, but they also all come from different careers and backgrounds. I look forward to seeing the chemistry develop between them and how the series will benefit from it.

I would also like to throw in that I am super excited that this book is being adapted into a series, not a movie. Sometimes a few hours just is not enough to get in all the great details and lines of a wonderful book, and I am dying to see what Kelley has written for this particular adaptation.

Abby Bertrand
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