Hulu has released the first photo for Little Fires Everywhere, from Reese Witherspoon (A Wrinkle in Time) and Kerry Washington (Scandal). The limited series is based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller.
Little Fires Everywhere will be produced by Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios. Washington and Witherspoon will star in the series, which was written by Liz Tigelaar (Life Unexpected, Casual), who will serve as showrunner and executive producer.
Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name, 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.
The novel takes place in an affluent Ohio suburb and centers on a mysterious arson and a controversial adoption of a Chinese-American baby, in which the white adopted parents fight the birth mother for custody. Witherspoon stars in the series as Elena, the matriarch of the well-to-do Richardson family, while Washington plays Mia Warren, an enigmatic mother who, along with her daughter, upend the Richardson’s lives.
Joshua Jackson has been cast as Bill Richardson, a Shaker Heights attorney who is husband to the strong-willed Elena and father to Lexie (Jade Pettyjohn), Trip (Jordan Elsass), Moody (Gavin Lewis), and his youngest and most problematic child, Izzy (Megan Stott). When Bill agrees to represent family friends in a custody battle, his life (and marriage) only get more complicated.
Little Fires Everywhere marks Washington’s first series regular role since starring as Olivia Pope on ABC’s long-running Shonda Rhimes drama Scandal. In addition to the Meryl Streep-featuring second season of Big Little Lies, Witherspoon has also announced she will co-host The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston for Apple. Witherspoon’s company is also executive-producing a Kristin Wiig comedy and an Octavia Spencer vehicle, also for Apple.