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Luke Evans joins Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu series Nine Perfect Strangers based on a book by Big Little Lies authorBy

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Luke Evans joins Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu series Nine Perfect Strangers based on a book by Big Little Lies author

The cast of the series followup to Big Little Lies is shaping up to be quite the who’s-who.

Beauty And The Beast star Luke Evans has signed on to the upcoming Nine Perfect Strangers, a Hulu series based on the 2018 novel by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, Deadline reports.

Evans, 41, is joining previously announced cast members Melissa McCarthy, Nicole Kidman and The Good Place’s Manny Jacinto for the show, about nine stressed-out urbanites who escape to a wellness retreat run by Kidman’s character.

Next role: Luke Evans has signed on to the upcoming Nine Perfect Strangers, a Hulu series based on the 2018 novel by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty; seen here last November

Next role: Luke Evans has signed on to the upcoming Nine Perfect Strangers, a Hulu series based on the 2018 novel by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty; seen here last November

And as with Moriarty’s other novel adapted for the screen, what appears one way on the surface at the retreat is altogether different deep down. 

The limited series is being produced by Endeavor Content along with David E. Kelley, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Kidman’s Blossom Films, which all helped bring the hit Big Little Lies to HBO in 2017.

Kidman, who won both a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe for her portrayal of battered wife Celeste in BLL, will lead the cast in Nine Perfect Strangers, as the mysterious retreat director named Masha. 

One of the greats: Evans is joining previously announced cast member Nicole Kidman for the show, about nine stressed urbanites who escape to a retreat run by Kidman's character; seen in January

One of the greats: Evans is joining previously announced cast member Nicole Kidman for the show, about nine stressed urbanites who escape to a retreat run by Kidman’s character; seen in January

A welcome addition: Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy will play one of the Strangers attending the retreat, a romance novelist named Francis; seen in June 2019

A welcome addition: Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy will play one of the Strangers attending the retreat, a romance novelist named Francis; seen in June 2019

While McCarthy will play one of the Strangers attending the retreat, a romance novelist named Francis, Evans’ role has not yet been specified – but he will also portray one of the nine people under Masha’s influence.

Bad Times At The El Royale actor Jacinto will play Yao, one of her dedicated employees.

Luke is well-known for his film roles, which include Gaston in the blockbuster live-action adaptation of Beauty And The Beast in 2017, as well as repeated appearances in the Hobbit films as well as the Fast And Furious franchise. 

Previous Moriarty adaptation starring Kidman: Nine Perfect Strangers is being co-produced by three of the producing entities which helped bring the hit series Big Little Lies to HBO in 2017

Previous Moriarty adaptation starring Kidman: Nine Perfect Strangers is being co-produced by three of the producing entities which helped bring the hit series Big Little Lies to HBO in 2017

In the mix: The Good Place's Manny Jacinto will play Yao, one of the retreat's dedicated employees; seen in July 2019

In the mix: The Good Place’s Manny Jacinto will play Yao, one of the retreat’s dedicated employees; seen in July 2019

But Nine Perfect Strangers will not be the first high-profile television project for Evans – he portrayed John Moore opposite Dakota Fanning in last year’s TNT adaptation of The Alienist, and will reprise the role in the followup series to it, The Alienist: Angel Of Darkness, currently in pre-production.

Evans is also said to be reprising the role of egotistical buffoon Gaston in a television prequel to Beauty And The Beast for Disney+, opposite Josh Gad’s LeFou.

He also recently wrapped ITV’s The Pembrokeshire Murders, a three-part drama series, in which he plays lead role Steve Wilkins. 

Film and TV actor: Nine Perfect Strangers will not be the first high-profile television project for Evans ¿ he portrayed John Moore in last year's TNT adaptation of The Alienist; seen last year

Film and TV actor: Nine Perfect Strangers will not be the first high-profile television project for Evans – he portrayed John Moore in last year’s TNT adaptation of The Alienist; seen last year

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