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If You Liked 'Big Little Lies' You'll Love 'Little Fires Everywhere'

If You Liked 'Big Little Lies' You'll Love 'Little Fires Everywhere'

If you were obsessed with Big Little Lies, we implore you to get excited about Hulu's upcoming drama, Little Fires Everywhere.

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Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerri Washington, the drama is an adaptation of the 2017 novel by Celeste Ng and has all the same lies, deceit, warring parents and suburban teenage angst as the hit HBO series - but it's perhaps even darker, exploring themes of race and class.

Set in the late 90s, Little Fires Everywhere centres on the intertwined lives of two very different families in Ohio.

When Elena Richardson (Witherspoon) rents the upstairs half of her rental home to Mia Warren (Washington), an artist, and her teenage daughter, Pearl (Lexi Underwood), the Richardson's lives are quickly upended.

Reese Witherspoon plays Elena Richardson (Credit: Hulu)
Reese Witherspoon plays Elena Richardson (Credit: Hulu)

As Pearl becomes friends with the Richardson children, she develops a crush on one of the older siblings, Trip (Jordan Elsass).

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When Elena condescendingly offers mum Mia a job doing housekeeping in their home, she accepts just to keep an eye on her daughter.

Here, she meets the Richardson's troubled daughter Izzy (Megan Stott) and Mia begins offering her advice which ends up landing her in trouble.

Kerri Washington plays the enigmatic Mia Warren (Credit: Hulu)
Kerri Washington plays the enigmatic Mia Warren (Credit: Hulu)

Angered by Mia's secretive nature, Elena decides to investigate her new family friend's past, discovering troubling truths along the way.

One year after first meeting the Warrens, a fire breaks out in the Richardson home - and firefighters put it down to arson.

The series will be directed by Lynn Shelton, with Rosemarie DeWitt (Linda McCullough), Joshua Jackson (Bill Richardson), Jade Pettyjohn (Lexie Richardson), and Gavin Lewis (Moody Richardson) making up the main cast.

Pearl is played by Lexi Underwood (Credit: Hulu)
Pearl is played by Lexi Underwood (Credit: Hulu)

The idea for the adaptation first came about when Reese chose the book as her September 2017 book club pick. The 43-year-old actress the took the idea to Kerri Washington, who together approached showrunner Liz Tigelaar about making the book into a series.

"I think that when you watch the show, and I felt this way reading the book, you make snap judgments, or you have gut reactions just based on your own life and experience," Tigelaar told Buzzfeed News.

An arson is at the centre of the story (Credit: Hulu)
An arson is at the centre of the story (Credit: Hulu)

"You make snap judgments based on your own lived experience. But what I hope the show will do is it will start to make you look at your own gut reactions and have to dissect them and critically think about them a little more because that's what we really spent five months doing in the writers room, and then of course on set."

Little Fires Everywhere premieres exclusively on Hulu on 18th March.

Featured Image Credit: Hulu

Topics: Entertainment News, TV and Film

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.

 

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