This new series featuring Reese Witherspoon is set to become appointment TV
TV featuring powerful, authentic and flawed women is, at last, something we're seeing plenty of. Actress and producer extraordinaire Reese Witherspoon actively seeks out challenging source material she can adapt for the big and small screen – Big Little Lies being one recent example – and her latest is an adaptation of Celeste Ng's brilliant Little Fires Everywhere.
It's a story made for a series: beneath the surface of a quiet Ohio town lies a tragedy that will, in one way or another, befall the characters — the mystery lies in figuring out how they got there. Our story starts with a house fire, and key questions: Who set it, and why?
We know the house belongs to Elena and Bill Richardson, a wealthy white couple who seem to have picture-perfect success with their four teenage children, including girl-next-door Lexie and the troubled prankster Izzy, who is suspected of arson. Other residents have disappeared since the fire, including single mother Mia Warren who befriended the family, and secrets are everywhere.
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"We strive to shine a light on female-driven stories that are rooted in inspiration, emotion and truth — all of which form the bedrock of Celeste Ng's ingenious work..." said Witherspoon of the project. "We are confident that [Hulu's] talented team will use this story to spur a long-overdue dialogue around race, class, and what it means to be a mother."
This gripping whodunnit has been in the works for some time, and now a teaser trailer has finally been released. Witherspoon and actress Kerry Washington will star in the show, along with The Affair's Joshua Jackson.
Or if you can't wait until its release in March, the book is certainly a good place to start.
Either way – and without giving too much away – this promises to be gripping TV.
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