Big Little Lies Trailer Shows Murderous Side of Mom Friends

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The Big Little Lies TV show has a new trailer and it looks like the book’s deft handling of comedy mixed with darker subjects is going to be present in the HBO mini series. Big Little Lies is a 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty, and was one of my favorite reads last year. Reading the novel kickstarted my love of what I’m calling “suburbia-domestic thrillers,” books set in the seemingly-boring life of suburbia that uncover a darker side to families. I followed it up by reading You, (which, while not set in suburbia, is still a haunting thriller) and then Fractured.

Recently HBO announced they would adapt Big Little Lies into a mini-series starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Adam Scott, Merrin Dungey (who has provided an intro to our podcast in the past), Kathryn Newton, Alexander Skarsgård, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley. Besides the A-list cast, HBO’s Big Little Lies has a big Hollywood heavyweight, David Kelly, who wrote the pilot, and created the series.  It will be executive produced by Witherspoon, Kidman, Kelly, Vallee, Bruna Papandrea, Per Saari, Nathan Ross and Gregg Fienberg.

The novel, and subsequently the mini-series, are based on what happens when the seemingly perfect lives of three mothers start to collide and unravel. One major difference: The mini-series is set in Monterey, California, and I hope that’s the only change.

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…
A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?  
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? 

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Consisting of seven episodes, Big Little Lies debuts February 19 at 9 pm ET/PT, just a few nights shy of Valentine’s Day. 

Have you read the novel? Are you excited for the HBO series? Let me know in the comments!


Bri is the founder and co-editor of What the Fangirl. She loves chai lattes, Disney and fairy tales.

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