Firstly, before we begin, go ahead and forget everything you know about the wellness world… Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers deals with nine down-and-out strangers desperately in search of enlightenment at an eerie wellness resort. We know that the series is set to star Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy. This show is sure to have you on the edge of your seat.
If you devoured season two of Big Little Lies as hungrily as us (particularly Meryl Streep’s withering looks and iconic one-liners), you’ll be more than ready for another Liane Moriarty adaptation. The show is filled with mystery, intrigue and, of course, some killer outfits.
Nine Perfect Strangers is based on Liane Moriarty’s gripping novel of the same name, just as Big Little Lies was. Hulu has announced that this chilling saga will be brought to the small screen by Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelly. So if Big Little Lies is in your bag, then this is the show for you.
So what can we expect from this drama that’s set to fill the Big Little Lies-shaped hole in our TV schedule (at least until season three hits screens)? Here’s everything you need to know about Liana Moriarty’s bestselling drama and its Hulu adaptation.
Nine Perfect Strangers will change the way you see spa retreats
The novel’s “Tranquillum House”, a remote health retreat a few hours north of Sydney, has all the hallmarks of a classic Agatha Christie location. It’s got a winding, Gothic staircase, remote grounds and creepily far-too-attentive staff.
All things considered, we’re surprised the strangers who gather there for a 10-day-long retreat don’t twig that their path to enlightenment may not run so smoothly.
Expect a star-studded cast
Nicole Kidman is at the helm again, playing the central character Masha. Masha runs the retreat and is hoping to reinvigorate these nine run-down city slickers. Nicole will also serve as the show’s executive producer.
Another big name is Melissa McCarthy. She plays Frances Welty, a former author, who wants to reinvent herself after falling victim to an online catfishing scam. Melissa is also an executive producer on the show. Nine Perfect Strangers marks the actress’ return to TV since Mike & Molly, which she won an Emmy for.
The rest of the cast is yet to be announced, but let’s just say they’ve piqued our interest so far…
The central character was written specifically for Nicole
Nicole certainly fits the physical description of beautiful 6-foot Russian leader Masha… But we’ll be interested to see how she portrays this creepy – and rather unhinged – character.
Talks with Nicole reportedly started before Nine Perfect Strangers was even written. Liane approached the Bombshell star and producing partner Per Saari with the idea of Nicole’s casting before starting the book. From then on, the trio agreed to work on the adaptation together.
“Although we knew what the concept was, [Nine Perfect Strangers] was acquired more or less sight unseen,” Saari said of the novel in an October 2019 interview with ELLE.
By Features Writer, Ashton Kirsten