HBO has dropped the first trailer for Big Little Lies, the upcoming limited series boasting a cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and more.
Based on the novel of the same name by Australian author Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies tells of the happenings that surround the ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters in a small beachside community. The trailer itself doesn’t give away too much, but there’s certainly a type of Gone Girl vibe going on.
The book’s synopsis, which you can find beneath the trailer below, suggests we could be in for a layered, character-focused look at what goes on behind closed doors in this little town.
There’s a lot of talent here, with a cast that also includes Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper and Zoë Kravitz, director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) at the helm of all seven episodes, and well known TV writer/producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Legal) on writing duties.
Big Little Lies, executive produced by Witherspoon, Kidman, Vallée and Kelley, will be hitting HBO sometime in 2017.
Here’s the book’s synopsis (via Amazon):
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.