After the large success of Big Little Lies, actress Nicole Kidman is again with a brand new mini-series, The Undoing, revolving round a homicide amongst privileged white Americans — this time dwelling in New York.
There is multiple similarity between this new mission, to be streamed by HBO within the United States, and Big Little Lies, which in its first season alone garnered 4 Golden Globes and eight Emmy awards.
To begin with, it takes place in a microcosm constructed on wealth and thoroughly established social norms — a predictable world deeply shaken by the arrival of an outsider.
One by one, secrets and techniques are revealed and masks fall, sweeping apart snug certainties.
The collection marks the return or author/producer David E. Kelley, and as soon as once more stars Nicole Kidman, who gained a slew of awards for her portrayal of a girl dwelling with home abuse in Big Little Lies.
Whereas Big Little Lies was constructed round an ensemble forged, the brand new mini-series, which debuts Sunday, facilities on the character of Grace Fraser, a well-off therapist performed by Kidman.
Like Big Little Lies, The Undoing unspools progressively over six episodes.
“So much of the series is on the psychological journey of this woman,” Kidman, who co-produced each collection, advised Australian broadcaster Foxtel.
For British star Hugh Grant, who performs Kidman’s husband, the mini-series is “a Scandi-noir thriller with a massive, and I hope successful, whodunit element,” as he advised HBO.
The Scandinavian contact comes from Danish director Susanne Bier (Brothers and The Night Manager). She provides the collection a stark and disturbing esthetic.
Grant, a veteran of extremely profitable rom-coms, shines right here in a darker register, bristling with sharp edges — the kind of career-changing function he has embraced in recent times (see A Very English Scandal).
But whereas American critics have praised the appearing in The Undoing, they’ve been much less type concerning the plotline, saying it’s skinny and fewer than compelling.
Kelley, creator of a slew of hit collection, from Ally McBeal to Goliath, is already at work on a brand new mission.
Again in collaboration with Kidman, he’s adapting Nine Perfect Strangers, based mostly like Big Little Lies on a novel by Australian writer Liane Moriarty. The new mini-series shall be aired on Hulu.