Writer and director Lulu Wang has boarded her next project, “The Expatriates,” an drama series for Amazon Studios. The series is based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s novel with production coming from Nicole Kidman and Per Saari’s Blossom Films. Wang is also in the plan to direct multiple episodes.
According to Deadline, Wang, along with Nicole Kidman, will be producing the series, said to explore “the vibrant lives of a close-knit expatriate community in Hong Kong.” Lee will serve as a consulting producer for the series. Alice Bell (“A Beautiful Lie,” “Puberty Blues”) will serve as a writer and producer.
“When I first read Janice Lee’s diasporic novel, I was immediately drawn to the rich characters and the global yet intimate exploration of life in modern Hong Kong,” said Wang. “I’m thrilled to be working with Nicole Kidman and Amazon, whose commitment to bold, nuanced storytelling make them the perfect partners to translate this atmospheric story to screen.”
Wang recently released her sophomoric directorial feature, “The Farewell,” this year, a film blossoming with acclaim for the director’s script and performances. Wang’s film was recently nominated for two Golden Globes, for Best Motion Picture- Comedy/Musical and for Awkwafina’s leading performance.
“The Farewell” broke the 2019 per-theater average, stunning “Avengers: Endgame” numbers, when it debuted to $88,916. It is also up for Best Feature and Best Supporting Female for Zhao Shuzhen at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. At the Critics’ Choice Awards, Wang’s feature was selected among the nominees for Best Comedy, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay.
Kidman was recently nominated for a Critics Choice Award for her performance in HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” She stars in Jay Roach’s “Bombshell,” which landed her a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.
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