Two more days! And in anticipation Collider has given us a rundown of the cast and characters of Nine Perfect Strangers.
The limited series Nine Perfect Strangers follows, as the name implies, nine strangers from all walks of life with varying degrees of stress, who are promised a life-changing experience at a far away health spa called Tranquillum House run by the mysterious Masha, played by Nicole Kidman. Sure, their lives will change, but, perhaps not in the exact way they intended. “You want to get well? You want to heal? Surrender yourself to me,” an eerie Masha says to her guests in the trailer. She further promises that, “We are on the precipice of something great.”
An adaptation of the popular novel of the same name by author Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers assembled a mega-talented cast, and has plenty of unique characters to explore.
Let’s break down who plays who in the latest novel adaptation of Moriarty’s work.
Nicole Kidman as Masha
Actress Nicole Kidman plays Masha, the ethereal-esque leader of the wellness retreat at Tranquillum House. Though she may seem like a woman you’d want to trust, it quickly becomes apparent to the guests that things on the surface aren’t exactly what they seem. Masha claims she genuinely wants—and knows how to—heal those looking for some clarity, but could she be leading them further down a path of self-destruction? Kidman detailed her experience inhabiting Masha at the Television Critics Association press tour in August, saying that “I wanted a very calm healing energy to emanate all the time. So, I remember going over to people and sort of putting my hand on their heart or holding their hand. They would talk to me or use my name, Nicole, and I would completely ignore it. I’d only respond to Masha.”
This isn’t the first time Kidman has collaborated on a project involving this author. Moriarty’s sixth book, Big Little Lies, was a major stepping stone in her already-successful career, as it made her the first Australian author to debut number one on the New York Times bestsellers’ list. Nicole Kidman explains in a 60 Minutes piece that she first heard of Liane Moriarty’s work through friend Reese Witherspoon, who encouraged her to check out Big Little Lies. Kidman devoured the book in one night, and decided to try and meet with the Australian author on her next trip home (which happened to be the following day). The two met at a local coffee shop, and had an instant connection. “We were just like two Australian women discussing our lives,” Kidman explained, adding that she told the author, “We promise you we’ll get this made.”
The resulting HBO limited series Big Little Lies, which includes an impressive lineup of stars in Kidman, Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgård, and Adam Scott, was such a critical hit that it continued for a second season, with Meryl Streep rounding out the cast. It went on to win eight Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series. Kidman, who recently starred alongside Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland in The Undoing, can next be seen in Robert Eggers’s The Northman, alongside Anya Taylor-Joy (where she will also be reunited with Alexander Skarsgård), Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos where she will play Lucille Ball with Javier Bardem’s Desi Arnaz, and the series Roar, which she is currently filming with Alison Brie, Cynthia Erivo, and Merritt Wever.
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