Nine Perfect Strangers: Michael Shannon joins Nicole Kidman in new Hulu miniseries
According to Deadline, Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water) has signed on for one of the leading roles in Hulu’s forthcoming limited series adaptation of Nine Perfect Strangers. The 45-year-old actor is set to portray the role of Napoleon, a character in the novel who had lost a twin son. He will be joining the miniseries’ growing ensemble led by Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.
Shannon is best known for his roles in films such as Revolutionary Road opposite Leonardo DiCarpio and Kate Winslet; and in the psychological drama Nocturnal Animals starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. Both films have earned Shannon two Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. He most recently starred in Rian Johnson’s whodunit film Knives Out and the mystery thriller The Quarry.
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Based on author Liane Moriarty’s latest novel, 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.
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The star-studded cast will be led by Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) as Masha, Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Kitchen) as Frances, Luke Evans (The Alienist) as Lars, Manny Jacinto (The Good Place) as Yao, Melvin Gregg as Ben, Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) as Jessica, and Tiffany Boone (Hunters) as Delilah.
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Nine Perfect Strangers is expected to debut on Hulu in 2021. 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.
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 recent TV slate includes Damien Chazelle’s musical drama The Eddy, hit series Killing Eve, and Apple’s See, which stars Jason Momoa.