Everything To Know About Nicole Kidman’s Creepy New Hulu Show Nine Perfect Strangers

“Surrender yourself to me. I’m going to fix you,” says Kidman’s sinister character.

by Candace Cordelia Smith
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A teaser trailer for Nicole Kidman’s latest television project, Nine Perfect Strangers, debuted on Twitter moments before the 2021 Oscars broadcast. And from the looks of the 30-second clip, Kidman is portraying a role unlike the ones seen on HBO’s Big Little Lies and The Undoing. Here’s everything we know about the Oscar winner’s next project:

The Nine Perfect Strangers Plot & Cast

Nine Perfect Strangers takes viewers into boutique resort Tranquillum, where Kidman plays Masha, a health-and-wellness retreat leader for a group of nine troubled strangers from the city. The idyllic surroundings of Tranquillum promise a respite from the outside world. However, according to Masha, the “woman on a mission to reinvigorate their minds and bodies,” if those at the compound want to get well and heal, they must “surrender” themselves to her.

As the first teaser trailer continues, Kidman looks more like a sinister cult leader, and the “strangers” appear to be in dire trouble. In 2020, The Hollywood Reporter published news that Melissa McCarthy was confirmed to star in the Hulu Original as “Francis.” And TV Line described McCarthy’s character as “a down-on-her-luck romance novelist whose publisher has rejected her latest manuscript.” Throughout 2020, Deadline released further information regarding the series’ strangers. Michael Shannon is Napoleon, husband to Heather (played by Asher Keddie) and father to Zoe (portrayed by Grace Van Patten). Regina Hall, Luke Evans, and Bobby Cannavale will portray Carmel, Lars, Tony, respectively, while Samara Weaving plays Jessica, wife to Melvin Gregg’s character Ben.

Other actors rounding out the show’s cast as Tranquillum employees include The Good Place’s Manny Jacinto and Tiffany Boone.

The Nine Perfect Strangers Trailer

In addition to the first 30-second teaser released in April, Hulu shared another teaser on June 11. This time, the clip clocked in at more than a minute and begins with McCarthy’s character expressing how “this is going to be the best thing.” She continued, “It has to be.”

Then, the plot becomes more clear as one of the strangers says Masha “mixes and matches her guests like a cocktail” before showing somebody dropping an unknown substance into a drink. What comes next is a series of flashes of people screaming, crying, fighting, and laying in open graves.

In the extended trailer released on July 22, Masha’s methods and “protocols” are teased once again but remain shrouded in mystery. “She picked nine people who needed to be in a place where they would try anything she wanted,” said one of the retreat guests. When one of Masha’s employees warns that the visitors are not ready for her plan to combat their inner “demons,” Masha insists, “It’s perfectly safe.” Of course, eager viewers certainly know better.

The Nine Perfect Strangers Book

Nine Perfect Strangers is an eight-episode adaptation of author Liane Moriarty’s New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. (Avid readers and HBO fans may also recognize Moriarty as the author of Big Little Lies.)

Nine Perfect Strangers’ Production Team

Kidman is credited as an executive producer, along with Moriarty, Kidman, and Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine. Levine also directed every episode of Nine Perfect Strangers.

In addition, Nine Perfect Strangers was filmed in Kidman’s native Australia. She told The Hollywood Reporter in October 2020 that the show’s production followed stringent guidelines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which involved daily testing. “There’s really strict protocol. But you always know that at some point, it could shut down, which is stressful,” she explained. amount of stress, feeling responsible for over 300 people’s safety and health.”

Kidman’s role as Masha in the upcoming mini-series is a departure from her part as Grace Fraser in The Undoing, but both dramas share a common link in David E. Kelly. Kelly, who was the showrunner for The Undoing, is the co-writer of Nine Perfect Strangers. He also created Big Little Lies, which won eight Emmy awards in 2017. Thanks to her acting in Big Little Lies, Kidman won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In a Limited Series or Movie that same year. Perhaps her reunion with Kelly for Nine Perfect Strangers may net her another potential Emmy win.

When Does Nine Perfect Strangers Come Out?

Nine Perfect Strangers will drop on Hulu on Aug. 18. Though the official premiere date is a month away, the trailers offer a taste of what’s to come — and they’re every bit as creepy as the show sounds.

This post will be updated with additional details as they become available.

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