Shailene Woodley Big Little Lies

Shailene Woodley Poised to Join HBO's Big Little Lies Opposite Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon

In what would mark her first major TV gig since Secret Life of the American TeenagerShailene Woodley is nearing a deal to join HBO’s star-studded limited series Big Little Lies opposite Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

Kidman leaked Woodley’s casting Saturday at India’s Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, according to our sister site Deadline.

David E. Kelley is penning the adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s 2014 darkly comic novel about three three mothers (Kidman, Witherspoon and Woodley) of kindergartners whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Production on the eight-episode series begins in January.

HBO declined to comment.

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  1. johnhelvete says:

    This is the most fascinating limited series to date. 5 years ago, this kind of project starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon would have been a 2 hour film. Fans of the book would have complained about all of the details cut in order to meet the running time of a feature film. Thanks to the limited series format, quality TV on cable/streaming in general, and the film industry not willing to make 50 million dollar adult movies, fans of the book are going to end up with a limited series on HBO that will likely be better than a feature film, and they are getting the same cast that would have been in the film. That is called a win-win.

  2. Ian says:

    This is fascinating, actually. Television and a more convenient serialized format is truly becoming prestigious. Our movie stars and tv stars are becoming one in the same.
    That being said, with this particular project, only Kidman is an actual draw for me. And Woodley brings the total down quite alot. Its a good thing the premise sounds like something that could have starred the 9-5 cast or The First Wives Club actresses 30 years ago.

  3. sntindall says:

    I assume she’s playing Jane? I have doubts she can do a decent Aussie accent.

    • johnhelvete says:

      My suggestion to Witherspoon and Woodley if they are doing Australian accents, watch Jack Irish with Marta Dusseldorp and do her accent. I think that accent would be very doable for an American actress, though I am not sure if that is the accent the character’s would have based on where the story takes place.

      • sntindall says:

        I think Reese might have an ok time since she’s already got a southern accent, it may be easier for her to slip into it…she’s also more talented than Shailene.

  4. Amanda says:

    This is great!!! She’s going to make an amazing Jane. Does make me wonder though if it still takes place in Australia or if it’s in the US with now both Celeste (Reese) and Jane being played by Americans. If I’m not mistaken Liane’s another book “The Husband’s Secret” is in the works to be a film but also Americanized. I loved both books and really looking forward to watching this!!!

  5. Huh says:

    Shailene Woodly is over rated. There, I said it.