|Nine Perfect Strangers|
|Created by||David E. Kelley|
|Based on||Nine Perfect Strangers|
by Liane Moriarty
|Developed by||David E. Kelley & John-Henry Butterworth|
|Directed by||Jonathan Levine|
|Music by||Marco Beltrami and Miles Hankins|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Production locations||Byron Bay, New South Wales|
|Running time||42–55 minutes|
|Original release||August 18, 2021 –|
Nine Perfect Strangers is an American drama streaming television miniseries based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. Created by David E. Kelley who also developed the series alongside John-Henry Butterworth, the series premiered on August 18, 2021, on Hulu.
Nine strangers from the city gather for a 10-day retreat at Tranquillum House, a health and wellness resort which promises to transform and heal the guests who stay there. The resort is not what it seems to be and the guests are about to discover many secrets about each other and the resort's host Masha.
|No.||Title ||Directed by ||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Random Acts of Mayhem"||Jonathan Levine||David E. Kelley & John-Henry Butterworth||August 18, 2021|
|2||"The Critical Path"||Jonathan Levine||David E. Kelley & John-Henry Butterworth||August 18, 2021|
|3||"Earth Day"||Jonathan Levine||Teleplay by : Samantha Strauss||August 18, 2021|
|4||"Brave New World"||Jonathan Levine||David E. Kelley & John-Henry Butterworth||August 25, 2021|
|5||"Sweet Surrender"||Jonathan Levine||TBA||September 1, 2021|
|6||"Motherlode"||Jonathan Levine||TBA||September 8, 2021|
|7||TBA||Jonathan Levine||TBA||September 15, 2021|
|8||TBA||Jonathan Levine||TBA||September 22, 2021|
On May 1, 2019, it was reported that Hulu had given the production a straight-to-series order. The limited series was created by David E. Kelley who also developed the series alongside John-Henry Butterworth who are also expected to executive produce alongside Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, and Casey Haver. Production companies involved with the limited series are Made Up Stories, Blossom Films, and Endeavor Content. It is also slated to premiere in 2021. On January 7, 2020, Melissa McCarthy joined the miniseries as an executive producer. On July 29, 2020, it was announced Jonathan Levine is set to direct all eight episodes of the limited series as well as serve as an executive producer, while Gillian Bohrer joined the series as producer. Yves Bélanger will serve as cinematographer.
Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Nicole Kidman was cast in a lead role. In addition to her executive producing announcement, Melissa McCarthy had also joined the cast in a starring role. On May 27, 2020, Manny Jacinto joined the main cast. In June 2020, Asher Keddie and Luke Evans were cast in starring roles. In July 2020, Melvin Gregg, Samara Weaving, Grace Van Patten, Tiffany Boone and Michael Shannon joined the main cast. In August 2020, Regina Hall and Bobby Cannavale were cast in starring roles. On October 22, 2020, Hal Cumpston joined the cast in a recurring role. On November 19, 2020, Zoe Terakes was cast in a recurring role.
On July 8, 2020, Evans revealed that filming would take place in Australia. He also revealed that all actors were required to quarantine for fourteen days in the city of arrival in Australia, due to regulations imposed by the Australian government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, all actors were required to be tested during the quarantine before filming could begin. Principal photography began on August 10, 2020, in Byron Bay, New South Wales. On December 21, 2020, Kidman announced that filming had wrapped.
Kidman met most of the other nine actors right when filming their first scene together, and stayed in character as Masha during production.
Hulu released a first look trailer for the show during the 93rd Academy Awards airing on ABC on April 25, 2021. The miniseries premiered on Hulu on August 18, 2021, with the first three episodes released at once, and a new episode released weekly thereafter. The finale is scheduled to be released on September 22, 2021. Outside of the United States and China, the series was released on Amazon Prime Video.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 60% approval rating with an average rating of 6.2/10, based on 84 critic reviews. The critics consensus reads, "A meandering mystery may muddle its impact, but strong performances across the board from its eclectic ensemble mean Nine Perfect Strangers is never less than watchable." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 52 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
On August 24, 2021, it was reported that the limited series' premiere is the most-watched Hulu original ever.
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