Deadline gives us more information on Nicole’s project Expats.
Chicago Med‘s Brian Tee plays a lead opposite Nicole Kidman in Expats, Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming drama series based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s novel The Expatriates, from Lee, director-showrunner Lulu Wang, Kidman and Per Saari’s Blossom Films and Amazon Studios.
Wang revealed Tee’s casting on social media, which features a photo of Kidman and Tee. It’s captioned “Meet Margaret & Clarke. College sweethearts! (She brought the flowers. He brings the dad jokes…” (See below).
Added Wang in a statement to Deadline, “Brian is a deeply compassionate actor with undeniable screen presence – an irresistible pairing with Nicole. We are unbelievably fortunate to have him on board.”
The photo is not current. Kidman recently wrapped filming the first part of her role in Hong Kong to segue to the Aquaman sequel as scheduled. She will return to the show at a later date. Tee also has obligations as a series regular on NBC’s Chicago Med, which is now in production on its new season.
Set against the fabric of Hong Kong, Expats is the story of an international community whose lives are bound together forever after a sudden family tragedy. It revolves around three women, Mercy (Ji-young Yoo), Margaret (Kidman) and Hilary (Sarayu Blue).
I have added HQ captures to the gallery for the first three episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers. Will soon be adding the rest of the aired episodes.
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Lucie Arnaz praised Nicole Kidman’s “spectacular job” playing Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos, adding that the actress has “such poise and class”
Nicole Kidman has already won over the daughter of Lucille Ball with her upcoming performance as the late comedy icon.
Kidman, 54, is set to play Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s highly-anticipated biopic Being the Ricardos, which follows the comedian and her husband, Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem), during a week of production on I Love Lucy. Kidman received the ultimate compliment from the couple’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, who praised Kidman’s “spectacular” turn as her mother in the upcoming drama.
Speaking to Palm Springs Life, Arnaz, 70, said she visited the Being the Ricardos set for two days, describing what she saw then as “extremely classy and first rate,” and praising the cast as “really great performers.”
Arnaz applauded Kidman specifically for her performance.
“Nicole did a spectacular job. The two days that I watched, though, were both little flashbacks, so she was playing Lucy in the late ’30s and mid-’40s. She wasn’t Lucy of Lucy Ricardo fame yet, so it was a trifle different,” Arnaz said.
She added, “And I know she meant it to be, so it could feel different. But boy, what she did was astounding. She’s got such poise and class.”
While Arnaz had nothing but praise for Kidman, she told the outlet that Being the Ricardos features “certain scenes” that she “wished” Sorkin hadn’t included in the film.
“I couldn’t get my way and have them taken out, but they weren’t accurate. And I thought, ‘That shouldn’t be in there, because that never happened. That’s not true,’ ” she said, without providing specifics.
“And it’s not just theatrical license, it just wasn’t true,” Arnaz continued. “And the day they shot the scene, the sprinklers went off on the set and destroyed the whole set.”
In a June conversation with Chris Rock for Variety, Kidman revealed her process behind playing Ball, which involved nailing her dialect.
“I’ve had to put in an enormous amount of time on Lucille Ball right now, because she has a very particular way of speaking,” she told Rock, before admitting she was facing a new challenge by taking on the comedic role.
“I am way out of my comfort zone right now, Chris! I’m free-falling,” Kidman said. “I’d like to be funny. I’m never cast funny.”
The Undoing actress added that she’s “hopefully” funny in the role.
“The strange thing about Lucille Ball is that everyone thinks we’re remaking the I Love Lucy show, and it’s so not that. It’s about Lucy and Desi and their relationship and their marriage,” she said. “It’s very deep, actually.”
Being the Ricardos also stars Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jake Lacy, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda.
The film does not yet have an official premiere date.
Thank you to People.com for this article.
The actress talks about her role in the highly anticipated Hulu series “Nine Perfect Strangers,” which is based on the New York Times best-selling book.
Nicole Kidman is well aware of wellness culture.
When she was younger, the Oscar-winning actress and producer attended a silent meditation retreat, where participants wrote on notepads to communicate with each other instead of talking.
“It is a complete roller coaster,” Kidman says of the experience. “I’ve always been curious and tried things. I’ve gone off and lived in a monastery. My past is lurid,” she adds, laughing. “But I recommend it – it’s really fascinating not being able to use words.”
Her latest outing was anything but silent. In Hulu miniseries “Nine Perfect Strangers” (first three episodes now streaming; new episodes released weekly on Wednesdays), Kidman plays Masha, an ethereal, enigmatic healer who runs the Tranquillum House, an idyllic health and wellness resort in Northern California.
She hand-picks a group to take part in a 10-day retreat. Among them: Frances (Melissa McCarthy), an author in a personal and professional tailspin; Carmel (Regina Hall), a mom with rage issues; and Tony (Bobby Cannavale), a former athlete struggling with addiction.
But beyond the placid swimming pool, daily nature hikes and personalized breakfast smoothies, something more sinister appears to be happening at Tranquillum House, involving hallucinogenic drugs and anonymous death threats against Masha.
The eight-episode miniseries marks Kidman’s third collaboration with writer-producer David E. Kelley, after last year’s “The Undoing” and two seasons of “Big Little Lies,” both on HBO. “Strangers” is based on the 2018 book by Liane Moriarty, who also wrote “Lies” and is a close friend of Kidman’s.
“When she was writing the novel, she said, ‘I’m writing a character for you called Masha,'” recalls Kidman, 54, who bought the TV rights before it was even finished. “And then I read it and was like, ‘This Masha character, should I be offended or flattered?'”
Kidman says she was drawn to the opportunity to do something “really weird and really strange as it unraveled, but also had these amazing characters for all these different women,” including McCarthy, whom Moriarty personally requested to play Frances.
“What maniac is going to say no to Nicole Kidman saying, ‘Will you read this (novel) and see if you like it?'” McCarthy says. “It could be like, ‘I’ve done some drawings in a dirty sketchbook,’ and I’d be like, ‘I’d love to!'”
Now that the first few episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers are live, we have the first few sets of Production Stills in our gallery.
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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.
To learn about the rest check out the full article here.
only a few weeks left …
You want to get well? Surrender yourself to Masha. Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy star in this drama miniseries premiering August 18, 2021 only on Hulu.
Last month the LA Times did a feature on Nicole & Hugh for their series The Undoing. We have some beautiful images from the shoot that Nicole did for the feature.
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