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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are teaming up, as both producers and actors, to bring Liane Moriarty's best-selling novel Big Little Lies to theaters. The darkly comedic tale follows three mothers, all with kindergartners, whose picture-perfect lives gradually unravel - to the point of murder.
Within the past two years, Witherspoon's production company Pacific Standard, has been hard at work in the adaptation game: Witherspoon's headlined the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild, and sat as producer of the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. She has three other projects in developement as well: J. Courtney Sullivan's The Engagements; and two YA-oriented franchises, M. A. Larson's Pennyroyal Academy and Kimberly McCreight's The Outliers.
Meanwhile, the team at Kidman's production company, Blossom Films, has been at work on another of McCreight's novels, Reconstructing Amelia, as well as the dysfunctional family tale The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson, starring Kidman and Jason Bateman (who will also be directing), and A.S.A. Harrison's thriller The Silent Wife.
It's exciting to see two actresses who are both spectacular in the realm of dark comedy team up. Some of their strongest work in this sub-genre has included Witherspoon's role in "Freeway" as a foul-mouthed teenage tyrant in a pulpy retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, as well as her complete 180 as the tight-mouthed, anal-retentive Tracy Flick in "Election." One of Kidman's most memorable roles was that of smiling, fame-hungry sociopath Suzanne Stone Maretto in "To Die For," along with her bitter, nuanced performance in "Margot at the Wedding."
Aside from her recent stride in producing adaptations, self-professed bookworm Witherspoon has carved out her career with adaptation work with roles in "American Psycho," "Cruel Intentions," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Vanity Fair," "Water for Elephants," "The Devil's Knot," the aformentioned "Election," and the upcoming adaptation, "Inherent Vice."