Liane Moriarty's 'Big Little Lies' could be adapted as a movie

Actresses Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have reportedly optioned the rights to the novel and would star in the movie if a film was made.

'Big Little Lies' is by Liane Moriarty.

Liane Moriarty’s new novel “Big Little Lies” is already catching the eye of Hollywood’s A-listers.

The novel, which was released on July 29, centers on an Australian elementary school where a trivia night ends in a death and three mothers may hold the answers to what happened and why. Amazon named it as one of the 10 best books of the month, with Amazon editorial director Sara Nelson calling it “delightful… [Moriarty] has a really generous wit.”

According to Deadline, actresses Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon’s production companies have optioned the book and, if the movie is made, they plan to “shape the novel by Liane Moriarty as a star vehicle for themselves,” wrote Deadline reporter Mike Fleming Jr.

Both will star in other upcoming literary adaptations, with Witherspoon starring in the movie adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild,” which will be released this December. Kidman will appear in the movie version of the S.J. Watson novel “Before I Go to Sleep,” which will be released this September, as well as this December’s adaptation of the “Paddington Bear” children’s books.

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