Melissa McCarthy Joins Nicole Kidman in Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Melissa McCarthy has signed on to star opposite Nicole Kidman on Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers. The Emmy winner and Oscar nominee will also executive produce the limited series. Per the report, McCarthy will play Francis, one of the show’s nine key players. The role marks McCarthy’s first series-regular role since CBS’ Mike & Molly.
Kidman and producer Bruna Papandrea will adapt Liane Moriarty’s best-selling book Nine Perfect Strangers via their respective production companies, Blossom Films and Made Up Stories. David E. Kelley and Edge of Tomorrow writer John Henry Butterworth will serve as showrunners as well as co-write the series.
Nine Perfect Strangers 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 is the resort’s director Masha (Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies, but these nine strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.
Executive producers also include Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Casey Haver for Made Up Stories, Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films, Moriarty, Kelley and Butterworth. Nine Perfect Strangers is expected to debut on Hulu in 2021. The series will join the company’s growing slate of upcoming scripted original series, including Wu-Tang: An American Saga, Looking For Alaska, Reprisal and The Great.
The series is the latest project from Blossom Films, Made Up Stories and Endeavor Content. Blossom Films executive-producing season one of HBO’s Big Little Lies, which garnered eight Emmy nominations and five wins, including Best Actress for Kidman and Best Miniseries or Television Film. Made Up Stories was founded by Papandrea, the award-winning producer of the HBO series Big Little Lies and feature films Wild, Gone Girl, Warm Bodies and Milk. Endeavor Content’s upcoming TV slate includes Damien Chazelle’s musical drama The Eddy, hit series Killing Eve, and Apple’s See, which will star Jason Momoa.
Kidman was most recently seen in DC’s Aquaman, and will be returning to Big Little Lies second season on HBO.