EXCLUSIVE: Michael Shannon is set as a lead opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu’s tentpole limited series Nine Perfect Strangers. Based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest book, the project is from David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, Kidman’s Blossom Films and Endeavor Content.
Co-written by Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and Samantha Strauss and co-showrun by Kelley and Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers the series takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.
Shannon will play Napoleon, one of the nine “perfect” strangers. In the book, Heather (Asher Keddie) and Napoleon are a married couple who lost a twin son.
In addition to Kidman, McCarthy and Keddie, Shannon joins fellow cast members Manny Jacinto, Tiffany Boone, Luke Evans, Melvin Gregg, Grace Van Patten and Samara Weaving.
Nine Perfect Strangers is executive produced by Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Jodi Matterson for Made Up Stories, Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films, Liane Moriarty, Kelley, John Henry Butterworth and McCarthay. The series is eyeing a 2021 debut.
Oscar, Golden Globe and Tony-nominated Shannon was most recently seen in Rian Johnson’s original murder mystery, Knives Out. He is repped by CAA and Wetzel Entertainment Group.
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