First look at Nine Perfect Strangers (Video)
The first official trailer for Samara’s upcoming Hulu mini-series “Nine Perfect Strangers” has been released! Check it out below, and learn more about the project in the article attached at the bottom of the post. The show arrives on Hulu on August 18th, 2021.
Vanity Fair | TV fans who became addicted to the twists and turns of Big Little Lies or The Undoing will be pleased to know there’s a new mystery on the horizon, just waiting to suck them in. Nine Perfect Strangers reunites David E. Kelley, Nicole Kidman, and author Liane Moriarty for an all-new surprising adventure, this time set in Kidman and Moriarty’s home country of Australia. But even if you think you know what to expect from this trio of creators, Kelley cautioned Vanity Fair to think again: “This one’s a bit wild.”
Moriarty’s book Nine Perfect Strangers takes place at a remote, upscale health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation for nine stressed city dwellers. Overseeing their journey is enigmatic and possibly dangerous resort director Masha, played with unsettling serenity by Kidman. The cast is packed with familiar TV and film faces, including Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Regina Hall, Bobby Cannavale, Samara Weaving, Melvin Gregg, Manny Jacinto, Asher Keddie, Grace Van Patten, and Tiffany Boone. At the center of both the novel and the show is Frances, a successful writer looking for guidance in her personal life, played by Melissa McCarthy.
As Masha and Frances embark on this emotional and chaotic journey, Kidman and McCarthy are given plenty of opportunity to spark off each other. “They are both wildly funny, moving, and unpredictable,” Kelley said. “Characters who surprise, charm, and sometimes shock—played by two incredibly gifted performers.”
Masha, her staff, and these nine “perfect” strangers clash during a retreat filled with experimental therapies that stretch the imagination. “One could be inclined to dismiss the construct as too absurd, but it would be a mistake,” Kelley said. “The series is ultimately rooted in human pathologies, and what leaps out as ridiculous gets very real. The goal was to deliver a fun ride which emotionally resonates. A hoot with a sniffle chaser.”
The premise of Moriarty’s book is not all that dissimilar from that of the series Lost or a variety of shows that have drawn inspiration from it. The various attendees at this retreat come burdened with a wide range of baggage, from personal loss to addiction to crises of self-image. Whatever assumptions audiences make will be challenged over the course of eight episodes as the characters’ backstories unfold. What Nine Perfect Strangers has that those other stories don’t is the wild and wonderful setting of the Tranquillum House spa.
This new teaser is premiering on the eve of Global Wellness Day as a nod to the show’s (occasionally absurd) setting. “The self-improvement thing has become difficult to parody, but I think we manage,” Kelley said. “We do have our share and fun and nonsense. But underlying the craziness, people are broken. They hurt. They want to heal. There’s struggle everywhere. In success, we both laugh and cry with these characters.”
For a better sense of what that tone might look like, it’s helpful to consider that every episode of the series is directed by Jonathan Levine, whose catalog of work includes comedies with plenty of pathos: 50/50, The Wackness, and Long Shot. After quarantining for 14 days per Australian law, Levine and his cast shot on location in Byron Bay, New South Wales, last year during the pandemic. “Extraordinary work by Jonathan Levine and our entire crew,” Kelley said of the pandemic-safe production. “No easy task. Honestly, I still cannot believe they pulled it off.”
The first three episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers will debut on Hulu on August 18.