Nine Perfect Strangers: everything you need to know about Prime Video’s all

Available from August 20 on Prime Video the first three episodes (the next 5 will be one a week) of Nine Perfect Strangers, with an all-star cast led by Nicole Kidman. We tell you everything you need to know to enjoy it to the fullest.

They’ve come up Prime Videos on August 20 the first three episodes (out of 8) of the prestigious miniseries Nine Perfect Strangers: from August 27 we will see one a week, until the end, as it deserves for a show that takes its time and is not suitable for classic binge watching. It has been talked about for a while, first of all because it is a product and partly written by Mr. Michelle Pfeiffer, or rather David E. Kelley (here together with John Henry Buttleworth), one of the leading names in the American entertainment industry, behind huge successes such as LA Law, Boston Legal and the most recent Big Little Lies, Mr. Mercedes, The Undoing and next The Lincoln Lawyer. It’s about the third collaboration between Kelley and Nicole Kidman, who plays the key role in the story and seems to have remained in character throughout filming, to keep the rest of the cast on their toes, as Masha does in the series. But let’s see in detail everything you need to know before diving into the vision of Nine Perfect Strangersa small guide to the fundamental elements of the series.

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The Story of Nine Perfect Strangers

The story sees a group of 9 characters, very different from each other and unknown to each other, who go to an ultra-luxury wellness center in an extremely selective dream place, which promises to make its customers reborn in just ten days . The center, with the attractive name of Tranquillum House, is managed by a mysterious woman of Russian origin, with the appearance of a wood elf and with a dark criminal past behind her, Masha, assisted by three faithful helpers, the couple Delilah and Yao , and Zoë. After a not entirely pleasant first impact between them, the guests of the resort will begin to have doubts about how to take care of the place.

The book and the author

The one of Nine Perfect Strangers it is not an original story but is taken from the novel of the same name by the Australian writer Liane Moriartypublished in 2018. Moriarty is also the author of the book that gave birth to Big Little Lies. In film development, with Blake Lively as the intended protagonist, there is another of his novels, The Husband’s Secretof 2013. Since 2004 Liane has published eight novels highly successful, many of which have entered the top best-sellers of the New York Times. In September, the ninth, titled “Apples Never Fall”. Six have also been published in Italy, including “Nine complete strangers”, from Mondadori. Moriarty is also the author of three children’s books, the first of which, “Petronella and the space junk”, from 2009, was published by Piemme Junior. In an interview with Guardian, the author said she was long snubbed at home and was discovered in America, where her books were an instant success. No prophet at home, as they say.

The characters of Nine Perfect Strangers and their prestigious interpreters

The strong point of this miniseries are obviously the actors. Leaving aside the star of cinema and TV for too much fame Nicole Kidmanincreasingly present on the small screen, in the role of lady and godmother of Tranquillumthe enigmatic Masha Dmitrichenkolet’s move on to his lucky (?) guests.

Frances Welty is a middle-aged woman, writer of romance novels, in crisis with work and with life. As if that weren’t enough, she was also the victim of an online romance scam. To interpret it with irresistible charisma it’s the big one Melissa McCarthy, an extraordinary comedic actress who has shown that she is capable of playing even more serious roles. From The friends of the bride to Original copy (she was nominated for an Oscar for both), from Mike and Molly to The queens of crimethe future Ursula of Mermaid in live action is always a guarantee. In Nine Perfect Strangers mostly interacts with Bobby Cannavale, with whom he has already worked four times. In one of the next episodes we will also see her husband, the actor Ben Falcone.

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Bobby Cannavalein fact, interprets the shaggy, corpulent and bearded Tony Hogburn, a former football star, forced to retire after a serious accident and addicted to painkillers. Sarcastic and grumpy, he is initially the one who has the most difficulty adapting and especially targets Frances. The performance of Cannavale it lives up to its best, and there are many of them. We remember him on TV in the role of psychopathic gangster Gyp Rosetti in BoardwalkEmpire (Emmy Award) and, among his many, for the characters in Vinyl, Nurse Jackie, Will & Grace (her second Emmy) and Mr Robotand at the cinema in Blue Jasmine, Tonya, The Irishman and, with my lifelong friend John Turturro, Jesus Rolls.

The mixed and young couple, Ben and Tamara Chandler, arrives in Tranquillum in a yellow Lamborghini to save his failing marriage. He is the emergent Melvin Greggeven appeared in the Asylum film Sharknado 3. It is most famous as influencers on Vine. Among his series Sexless, Class, Freakish and Snowfall. She, an Instagram diva, insecure and obsessed with her own appearance and plastic surgery (in the series she is made up “as if”) is the fantastic Australian actress Samara Weavingrevealed with the hilarious splatter Till death do Us part. We appreciated it on TV Ash Vs Evil Dead, Picnic at Hanging Rock and in the Netflix miniseries Hollywood. Her uncle’s artistic genes flow in her Hugo Weaving.

Lars Leethe mysterious recently single gay character, is played by Luke Evans, Welsh actor who certainly needs no introduction. He has an almost twenty-year career in film and TV, we remember him as the Bard of The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armiesfor example, like the Vlad of Dracula Untold and still in Fast & Furious 6 and 7like Gaston ne The beauty and the Beast and on tv The alienist.

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The Marconi family, clearly of Italian origin, has three components: father, mother and daughter arrive at Tranquillum thanks to a generous discount. He, Napoleonis a somewhat clumsy and seemingly exuberant teacher, his wife Heather she experiences the consequences of the trauma of her son’s death more clearly, as does her young twin, Zoe. Napoleon is the great (in every sense) actor that he is Michael ShannonOscar nominee for Revolutionary Road and Nocturnal animalsappeared in very popular and arthouse films, since debut in I’m starting over in 1993, a Bugs Of William Friedkins and Honor your father and mother Of Sidney Lumetfrom the Zod of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to The shape of water and Murder by Death – Knives Out. In BoardwalkEmpire, his role as former agent Nelson Van Alden is memorable. Also on TV Waco and The drummer, Shannon is a character actor with the makings of a leading man. The wife Heather is the Australian actress Asher Keddie, who has had a predominantly television career since the mid-1980s, earning her the nickname “Golden Girl of Australian Television”. At the cinema few of her appearances of her, we have perhaps seen her in X-Men Origins – Wolverine. The daughter Zoe instead she is the New Yorker Grace VanPattenwhich debuted at just 10 years old in The Sopranoswhile in the cinema he played Marriage with ex and Under The Silver Lake.

Then there is the last single of the group, carmel, abandoned by her husband with four children, who has self-esteem and anger control issues. It is to give it life Regina Hall, who many will remember as a fixture in the first four films of the series Scary movie. She then had a regular role in Law & Order – Los Angelesappeared in Black-ish and in the cinema we saw her in Girls trip and Shafts.

Maya’s assistants there are three: Delilah is played by Tiffany Booneat the cinema in Beautiful Creatures and on TV in the series with Al Pacino Huntersas Roxy Jones. She also had an important role in the beautiful Irish series The Followingwith Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson. Yao and Manny JacintoFilipino-Canadian actor, active since 2012 and appeared in many TV series, including The Good Place, Trese and With the new cherry flavour. We will see it in the cinema Top Gun: Maverick. Last but not least, Zoe Terakis and Glory. Terakis is an Australian nonbinary actor and LGBTQ community activist who portrayed a transgender man in the series Wentworth.

A dream location, among woods, cliffs and natural pools

Australian the book, like the protagonist, it was clear that the setting did not change even if, in theory, the story in the series takes place in Northern California. Nine Perfect Strangers it was filmed in the midst of the pandemic in New South Wales, in the so-called Northern Rivers area, in the famous Byron Bay. Filming, after 14 days of quarantine and swabs for the actors, took place from 20 August to 21 December 2020.

But what, ultimately, is Nine Perfect Strangers?

After the first three episodes, and for those who haven’t read the book, Nine Perfect Strangers it’s a bit of a mysterious object: satire of healthy habits that were once called New Age and that according to those who believe in it cure all ills? Parody of alternative therapeutic practices? Reflection on individual suffering in a world that sees us increasingly hurt, angry and confused? Thriller? The title seems to refer to atmospheres Agatha Christie: Of these nine perfect strangers, will anyone end up like your ten little Indians? To find out, alas, we just have to wait for the end of the series.

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