Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

HBO calls on David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman for 'The Undoing'

HBO calls on David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman for 'The Undoing'

HBO announced on Tuesday via USA Today that Nicole Kidman will star in a new series helmed by Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley. All three will also be executive producers on The Undoing. He will also executive produce the show with Kidman and producer Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Big Little Lies). The limited series will focus on Grace Sachs, a therapist living a ideal life on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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Nicole's new role will see her play Grace Sachs, a happy wife and mother who's on the brink of publishing her first novel. Kelley will exec produce and write the scripts that focus on Grace Sachs (Kidman), a successful therapist who's about to publish her first book when disaster strikes - someone dies, her husband goes missing, and her flawless life with her son is turned upside down. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

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"David has created another propulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its center". Check! Much like her Big Little Lies costar Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman is now developing one of your favorite recent books. A search for a director is underway. There's no timetable set for the limited series, but it will likely be a priority for HBO as Big Little Lies Season 2 comes to a close, and it's a nice way for the network to keep part of that BLL family together for another high-profile adaptation. Papandrea will exec produce via her Made Up Stories banner.

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Added Kelley: "I loved this book". Witherspoon teamed with Kerry Washington to topline and executive produce Little Fires Everywhere, which just landed at Hulu with an eight-episode straight-to-series order. The Undoing represents a reunion for most of the creative team behind HBO awards darling Big Little Lies.

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