Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman to Star in Big Little Lies Limited Series; David E. Kelley to Serve as Writer/Showrunner

Big Little Lies TV Series Reese and Nicole

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are poised to make a big move to the small screen.

The Oscar winners are developing a limited series based on the New York Times best-selling novel Big Little Lies, TVLine has learned.

The pair, whose respective production companies optioned the rights to Liane Moriarty’s comic tale earlier this year (with an eye toward turning it into a feature film), would star and produce.

big-little-lies1Additionally, David E. Kelley — who’s coming off of CBS’ The Crazy Ones — is set to pen the adaptation as well as serve as showrunner.

The project will be shopped around in the coming weeks. (That noise you hear is HBO and Netflix revving their bidding-war engines).

Big Little Lies tells the story of three mothers of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Who do you think should play the third mom opposite Witherspoon and Kidman? Post your casting suggestions in the comments! 

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57 Comments
  1. Eric says:

    Wow, that’s already a decent bit of talent, both in front of and behind the camera. I’m in.

  2. Alicia says:

    I loved this book! Will be interesting to see how it is made into a TV Series.

  3. mari johnson says:

    Since we are already with two movie stars, let’s go for 3 and get Sandra Bullock

  4. Pam says:

    I hope a non-movie channel wins out. I won’t pay extra for HBO and I don’t have Netflix. If it does I’ll just have to wait until it comes to Redbox.

    • Ron says:

      If Netflix wins out, you could sign up for their one month free trial and cancel when you’re done. That way you get to watch it and won’t have to pay. Of course, that’s *if* Netflix wins the bidding war.

  5. Chase says:

    Maybe Michelle Pfeiffer should round at this cast as she is Mrs. David Kelly!

    • VCK says:

      I’m so excited about this. The casting is a bit off to me though. Age wise Nicole would be Madeline and Reese would be Celeste? Not sure if I see it. Interested who they cast for Jane.

  6. Aha says:

    I really hope HBO and Netflix don’t get it. I want another channel to get an event series like this.

  7. knd says:

    Just finished the book recently so this makes me very excited!

  8. I can’t wait to see David E. Kelley’s new series and I hope that it will be a winner.

  9. Laura Allen from Awake, NCIS NO, Terriers, Dirt, 4400 and numerous movies and episodes on some great shows. And she’s a mother of a kindergarten age son!!!! She’s be great.

  10. Jo Ann says:

    Stana Katic as third mom

  11. Yolanda says:

    I hope it either lands on FX, TNT, Cinemax or Starz.

  12. Drew says:

    Sandra Bullock

  13. sarah j says:

    I am very interested in watching this.

  14. B says:

    Amanda Seyfried would be great the role of young mom Jane. She can be plain looking if needed, which is how Jane is described!

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  16. Jess says:

    Alexis Biedel, America Ferriera,
    Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn.

  17. Melissa A says:

    If they’re looking for someone to play Jane, who was much younger, I suggested Carey Mulligan in my review of this book.

  18. cmincks says:

    Melissa McBride!

  19. Paul says:

    Third mom: Italia Ricci or Hilarie Burton.

  20. Donna Fisher says:

    Lauren Graham or Portia de Rossi.

  21. GeoDiva says:

    Just got the book…. so this should be interesting.

  22. john says:

    How bout Anna Kendrick

  23. Jared says:

    Not familiar with the book but love both Reese and Nicole.

  24. Lizo says:

    Wow that’s some serious talent. Will definitely watch wherever it lands. Maybe I’ll check out the book first.

  25. little my says:

    David E Kelly’s wife Michelle Pfeiffer would be prefect.

  26. Marco says:

    So this is basically Pretty Little Liars: The Adult Years minus -A.

  27. Donna says:

    Sarah Michelle Gellar <3

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  29. Grace says:

    I hope Big Little Lies are on one of the three major networks. I don’t pay for HBO or Netflix.
    TNT,TBS A&E USA or Lifetime would be good also

  30. FrAnk says:

    The Sarah Michelle Gellar, of course. :D

  31. Sarah Michelle Gellar should be in it!!!

  32. sammyfinbar says:

    Anna Paquin as the third mum!

  33. Brooke says:

    When I read the book, in my mind I pictured Charlize Theron as Celeste, Sandra Bullock as Madeline and Emma Stone as Jane. Reese could work as Madeline, but even though Nicole Kidman is an Aussie – she doesn’t fit.

  34. Kasey says:

    Faith Hill! Or Kimberly Williams Paisley, both of which would round out the cast of Nashville stars. For younger I vote Hillarie Burton.

  35. Cathy says:

    Kristen Stewart for Jane. She’s young enough and broody enough.

  36. Sam Wise says:

    Sienna Miller as Celeste, Emilia Clarke as Jane and either Tatiana Maslany, Rose Leslie or Nicole Kidman as Madeline. I think Julia Roberts could work as Madeline too.

  37. amanda says:

    Kristen Stewart or Emma Watson could very easily play “Jane” in the series.

  38. Noelle says:

    Anna Kendrick should play Jane. That’s who I pictured the entire time I was reading it. She is perfect for the role. Nicole Kidman is a perfect Madeline. I hope they don’t have Reese Witherspoon playing Celeste. She’s pretty, but not to the extent the character is described as in the book.

  39. Donna King says:

    Sounds like a great new show! When does the first season start??? Don’t want to miss it!