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The TV adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel Big Little Lies premiered on HBO in February, featuring producer Reese Witherspoon alongside Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley as three moms who share their perspectives of events before, during, and after a murder in their Monterrey community. As well as getting Kidman and Woodley on board, Witherspoon reached out to Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz to star in the show. “I was excited to come to women with parts that I’m excited about,” she said at an HBO TCA presentation in January, as reported by IndieWire. “All these talented women playing wives and girlfriends, I just had enough.” Witherspoon described Big Little Lies as being “about women coming together and making something happen very quickly,” while Kidman added that “as much as there is conflict, this piece is about women supporting each other.” Find out which movies are better than the book they’re based on.
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Streaming service Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale premieres in April 2017, starring Elizabeth Moss in the lead role. As one of the remaining fertile women in the Republic of Gilead, Offred is a handmaid in the commander’s household, forced into sexual servitude as part of a final, desperate effort to repopulate the world. The Handmaid’s Tale examines how women have the power to support one another during times of patriarchal oppression, but also have the ability the hurt each other by giving their support to those oppressive men. Even the women in power, like the commander’s wife Serena Joy (played by Yvonne Strahovski), are little more than servants. Samira Wiley, who plays Offred’s best friend and fellow handmaid Moira, told Cosmopolitan that the women in power have “a false sense of importance because, really, all of the women are prisoners.”