HBO has unveiled the first trailer for its prestige limited series Big Little Lies. Based on the bestselling Liane Moriarty book of the same name, the event series stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, with Wild and Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallée directing all seven episodes and David E. Kelley writing and serving as executive producer. The story is a character drama about life, focusing on women, ex-husbands, second wives, and motherhood, and the sprawling story makes a swell fit for the limited series format.
Witherspoon plays Madeline, a passionate and funny woman whose ex-husband and his new wife have moved into her beachside community, where their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest child. Moreover, Madeline’s teen daughter appears to be shifting her allegiance to her father instead of her mother.
Kidman plays Celeste, a woman who, with her husband (Alexander Skarsgård), has her eyes on reigning over the school parent body. And then there’s Jane, played by Shailene Woodley, a single mom whose arrival into the beachside community soon results in upheaval.
The trailer promises an intimate but not too self-serious drama about people, which is certainly a refreshing choice of material—although there looks to be a deadly/dangerous twist involved that possibly ups the stakes for the characters. Vallée’s verite-esque camerawork is on full display here, and while I absolutely adored his work on Wild, his most recent feature Demolition was an infuriating case of “rich white people problems.” He’s working with beloved source material here, for the prestige network to end all prestige networks, and the cast is stellar, so regardless my hopes are high for this one.
Check out the Big Little Lies trailer below. The series also stars Adam Scott, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz. Big Little Lies will debut on HBO in 2017.