This is a major coup for HBO — Susanne Bier has signed on to direct all six episodes of The Undoing, the network’s high-profile upcoming limited series starring Nicole Kidman and written by David E. Kelley.
Bier, who also will serve as an executive producer, has been at the top of every network’s list of director choices following her work on The Night Manager, which earned her an Emmy Award. She had been unavailable, working on her feature Bird Box; this marks her first TV commitment since The Night Manager and first for an American TV production. Like the British The Night Manager, The Undoing is a limited series with Bier as the sole director.
An adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book You Should Have Known, The Undoing centers on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist on the brink of publishing her first book, has a devoted husband and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Weeks before her book is published, a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
David E Kelley is not a primary producer on any of his recent projects. He may get so some Exec Producer credits, but that doesn't mean he has power to decide casting.
The Undoing is from Kidman's production company. She probably commissioned Kelley based on their relationship from BLL to write the show for her, not have casting approval for his wife in a role always meant for Kidman.
Same for Big Little Lies. That was a joint production from Kidman and Reese Witherspoon's production companies.
Kelley is mainly a writer for hire these days, and his producer credits are ceremonial. He can't push his wife on roles if the main producers already have people in mind.
God forbid David E Kelley casts his wife in something! I’d be more hyped if this starred Pfeiffer...
Kidman has a deal with HBO, no? She probably brought this to Kelley and I doubt he's had a hand in casting on any of his recent HBO stuff.
Welllll he's creator/showrunner for Big Little Lies so he def was involved with casting. But otherwise idk I'd imagine if they wanted to work together at this point it would happen, so maybe they don't...
Oh honey, she must have a loyalty card to Wayne's Wig World. Can't she just play a character with her own hair? I'll pass on this.
God! I miss the greatness of Frances McDormand!
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Look, I often make fun of Nicole Kidman but my question is how can people NOT the last few years?
She'll be competing with Blanchett for the Emmy I'm sure (and she has one of course) but every role for her now is either a stunt casting thing (Bombshell) or watch Nicole Kidman just play the emotion, see how she suffers - that's a cardinal sin for an actor and she does it constantly - worse she wants to do it.
Destroyer was a fncking mess and I guess I have to go back and watch BLL 2 because whatever was so great there is lost on me tbh - I'd like to see something less........um.........strenuous from her all the time.
Aye. Kidman looks pretty incredible in this, but her consistent excellence is almost a given at this point. Best Actress Of her Generation by a mile in my estimation.
Based on release dates, she may well be going toe to toe with Cate Blanchett for that limited series Emmy. I thought Blanchett looked pretty good in her trailer for Mrs America, but Kidman is bringing that much more nuanced style that contrasts with Blanchett's usual theatricality. Should be an interesting contest (though someone might swoop in and take it from both of them).