Celeste Ng's novel Little Fires Everywhere made virtually every "Best of 2017" list, and thanks to Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, and Hulu, it could soon make many a "Best TV of 2020" round-up. Filming on a television adaptation of the book-about a mother-daughter duo who disrupt the lives of the Richardson family and their Shaker Heights community in 1997 Ohio-just started, and we could not be more excited.
Washington and Witherspoon announced last March that they're teaming up to bring Little Fires Everywhere to life. Since then, we've got casting updates, more plot info (for those who haven't read the book, that is), and a potential release date. Here's everything we know.
1) Kerry Washington will play Mia Warren and Reese Witherspoon will play Elena Richardson.
Washington stars as Mia Warren, a single mother and artist who moves to Shaker Heights with her daughter, Pearl, and becomes a tenant of Elena Richardson, played by Witherspoon. Perfectly-coiffed Elena, her successful lawyer husband Bill, and their brood of children seem to have it all. But when a legal battle threatens to tear the town apart, both the Warrens and the Richardsons must face uncomfortable truths.
Washington and Witherspoon will also produce; Washington through her Simpson Street company and Witherspoon via Hello Sunshine.
2) The eight-episode miniseries will premiere sometime in 2020.
The exact release date is being kept under wraps, but we do know it will air on Hulu next year.
Here's how Hulu's describing the show:
Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
3) Joshua Jackson will play Elena's husband, Bill.
Bill is a workaholic lawyer who takes a case of deeply personal significance to his family. Shortly after his casting announcement, Jackson tweeted at author Ng, "Thanks for making Mr. Richardson in the first place. Can’t wait to give him a face."
Linda is a close friend of Elena who adopts a baby girl with her husband, Mark. The couple name her Mirabelle. Mia soon discovers the baby is actually May Ling Chow, the daughter of Bebe Chow, with whom Mia works at a local Chinese restaurant. Bebe gave up May Ling in a fit of fear for the child's well-being, but regretted the decision and has been searching for her since.
5) Huang Lu will play Bebe Chow.
When Mia informs Bebe of May Ling's whereabouts, Bebe launches a fight to get her daughter back-a battle that will affect everyone within the Shaker Heights community.
Additionally, Paul Yen will play Scott, who manages the restaurant where Bebe and Mia work.
6) All the children will be played by newcomers.
Mia's daughter, Pearl, and the four Richardson children-Izzy, Moody, Lexie, and Trip-will all be played by a crop of up-and-comers:
- Lexi Underwood will play Pearl Warren.
- Megan Stott will play Izzy Richardson.
- Gavin Lewis will play Moody Richardson.
- Jade Pettyjohn will play Lexie Richardson.
- Jordan Elsass will play Trip Richardson.
The official Little Fires Instagram account shared a photo of Washington and Witherspoon posing with their "kids" to mark the beginning of production.
Liz Tigelaar will write the adaptation and serve as showrunner.
Tigelaar is the creator of Life Unexpected, but she's also written for shows like Bates Motel and Casual. Her role with Little Fires Everywhere includes showrunner, executive producer, and writer.
Back in September, Tigelaar shared a photo of the shows writers' room:
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