Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will star in and produce HBO's limited series, Big Little Lies. The series is an adaptation of Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel of the same name. Writer David E. Kelley, who created such shows as Ally McBeal and Boston Legal, has written the screenplay for the upcoming series.

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon will be starring and producing in Big Little Lies.

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The series will follow three women, mothers who have met whilst taking their children to kindergarten, who seemingly live carefree lives. An incident occurs involving the three woman and, after a series of vicious rumours circulates, a murder is committed. It is not yet certain how many episodes the series will consist of.

Witherspoon, Kidman and Kelley are all executively producing the series. Both Witherspoon and Kidman are producing through their respective production companies, Pacific Standard Films and Blossom Films. Kelly is producing under his David E. Kelley Productions banner. Pacific Standard's Bruna Papandrea and Blossom Films' Per Saari also have executive producer credits.

Big Little Lies was originally optioned as a feature film and negotiations with major film and television networks began last August, as TIME reports. It was decided in November that Big Little Lies would be a television series. The series was subject to a bidding war with Netflix and other major networks but HBO ultimately triumphed. This is the second HBO series to attract big Hollywood names. The first, True Detective, starred Matthew Mcconaughey and Woody Harrelson in its first series. The show proved both financially and critically successful and a second series, starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams, will be broadcast next month. 

Variety first reported the news. 

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Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman will also be starring and producing the HBO series.