Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon on bringing a female-driven 'Big Little Lies' to life

She had schooled not to get excited. Australian author Liane Moriarty had left by a routine of carrying a book optioned for a film or TV array before and had endured a realities of it removing mislaid in Hollywood growth purgatory. 

Moriarty, though, had never finished business with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.

“When we met with Nicole, she was like, ‘No, no, no. If we choice it, get excited.  We don’t choice things only for a consequence of it. We don’t have time for that,’ ” Moriarty pronounced by phone when recalling her midmorning coffee assembly with Kidman in a Sydney suburb about 18 months ago.  

“She kept her word.”

HBO. And it boasts the Oscar-winning actresses as leads and executive producers.

It continues in a HBO tradition of sketch marquee feature film stars to a tiny screen. And it serves as a bit of an remedy to a reward network’s new tent-pole attraction, “Westworld,” and a surprising eremite play “The Young Pope.”

“Not given ‘Big Love’ have we had a play that is this female-centric,” pronounced Casey Bloys, HBO’s boss of programming. “The issues they get into on a uncover are things people understanding with in life, and it was good to have this horizon to put these stories forward.”

The drama, that debuts Sunday, facilities 5 women — Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz, in further to Witherspoon and Kidman — as mothers of first-graders in a abounding Northern California community. It’s a environment that lends itself to amicable satire, full with feign smiles and a complicated assisting of pacifist aggressiveness in a conflict for energy and status. There’s even a murder poser that stitches a story together.

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