From acclaimed Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier and television writer David E. Kelley comes the upcoming HBO miniseries “The Undoing,” a Nicole-Kidman-led story about well-known therapist Grace Sachs who, just weeks before her book is scheduled to be published, finds her life upended by a missing husband, a murder, and a number of startling developments that threaten to destroy the stability of the life she loved. The project was given a series order in March 2018, with Kelley serving as writer, executive producer, and showrunner. Bier will direct and Kidman will help executive produce. Set for release in the summer, HBO has big hopes on the mini-series being and is positioning it as its big release and Emmy awards contender for next year.
“The Undoing” is based off American novelist and playwright Jean Hanff Korelitz‘s 2014 novel “You Should Have Known,” which went on to be published in eighteen languages. With “Big Little Lies” season three in limbo and Reese Witherspoon off doing “Little Fires Everywhere” at Hulu, HBO is definitely happy they kept Kidman in house and surely hopes the mini-series will be their most-talked-about summer hit that will hopefully connect at the Emmys and even Golden Globes.
“The Undoing” also stars Hugh Grant and Noah Jupe (“Honey Boy“) as members of Kidman’s family and Edgar Ramirez as a police detective investigating the series’ central murder. Here’s the official synopsis:
The limited series The Undoing, premiering May 10, stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant as Grace and Jonathan Fraser, who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child (Noah Jupe) and her family.
Best known for her work on “The Night Manager,” “Bird Box,” “After the Wedding” and “In a Better World,” Bier suffered a career slump when “Serena” (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper) flopped at the box office and threw the future of her once-successful career into question. But boy, she recovered quick, “The Night Manager” was a huge critical hit for AMC and “Bird Box” was a huge success for Netflix. Let’s hope the magic strikes again.
“The Undoing” will be available to stream on HBO May 10. Watch the latest teaser trailer below.