Nicole Kidman to executive produce and star in The Undoing limited series

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The 50-year-old actress will star in and executive produce the new HBO limited series, teaming up with "Big Little Lies" showrunner David E. Kelley for another show for the network. The Undoing is, incidentally, also based on a book, a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz titled You Should Have Known.

Kelley and Kidman will both serve as executive producers, with Kelley writing the whole season, though an episode total has yet to be determined. The new miniseries will star Kidman as Grace Sachs, described as living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Grace must dismantle her life and start anew after "a chain of awful revelations", a missing husband and a violent murder.

Also, Kidman revealed, "David has created another propulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its center".

David E. Kelley, creator of Boston Legal, Chicago Hope, The Practice, and Ally McBeal, wrote and executive-produced Big Little Lies, along with Kidman and Papandrea. Big Little Lies was one of those shows, which was originally intended as a limited series but was such a hit on HBO that the network not only paid up for a second season, but enlisted Andrea Arnold to direct and Meryl Streep to co-star.

"We're thrilled to continue our creative relationships with both Nicole and David and can't wait to bring this show to life", HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement.

The producers are now searching for a director.

Papandrea's Made Up Stories produced in its first-year Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale, Abe Forsythe's Little Monsters (starring Lupita Nyong'o and Josh Gad) and the TNT pilot Deadlier Than The Male written by Harriet Warner and directed by Caméra d'Or victor Houda Benyamina. Kidman has now been working on Big Little Lies for which she won both an Emmy and a Golden Globes.

Kelley is repped by CAA and attorney Michael Gendler.

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