Big Stars, Lit­tle Screen

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What at­tracted movie stars like Ni­cole Kid­man and

Reese Wither­spoon to the seven-episode HBO drama Big Lit­tle Lies? “For a minute, we looked at it as a film,” says Ni­cole, who also co­pro­duced this adap­ta­tion of Liane Mo­ri­arty’s best seller about cut­throat moms in pic­turesque Mon­terey, Calif. “But we needed time to do jus­tice to these women, and to squeeze it into two hours would be tough.” Who’s a killer — and who gets killed — re­mains a mys­tery for much of the minis­eries. Teases Reese, “Mur­der is just a hair’s breadth away for some of these peo­ple.”

TUNE IN! Big Lit­tle Lies de­buts Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO

Ni­cole Kid­man plays an un­happy ex-lawyer.

Reese Wither­spoon is the queen bee.

Laura Dern plays a snooty tech exec.

Shai­lene Wood­ley is a shady new­comer.

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