Amazon is teaming up with Nicole Kidman for new drama series The Expatriates.
Produced by The Others star’s banner, Blossom Films, the series is based on the best-selling novel by Janice Y.K. Lee, and will be adapted by Alice Bell (The Beautiful Lie).
The project is the first under a first-look deal with Blossom Films, announced earlier this year. Amazon confirmed the commission at the TCA press tour this weekend, with head Jennifer Salke saying she was “thrilled” to kick off their relationship with the story.
“It weaves an addictive tapestry that follows a group of complex women and their lives as outsiders in Hong Kong,” explained Salke. “It’s a compelling exploration of the strength of these women as they persevere through struggles with marriage, career, parenting and unimaginable loss.”
Set against the backdrop of The Vertical City, the series will explore the lives of a close-knit expat community, where wealth matters, bonds are temporary and private lives are made public. It follows Margaret, an American architect who suspects something is wrong with her latest project, Mercy, a Korean-American college graduate seeking to escape her past, Hilary, a Brit who yearns for a child, Tammy, a high-flying alpha whose husband has a second, unknown family, the decadent Barbara, the loyal Franny, and the humiliated socialite Olivia.
The Expatriates is exec produced by Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films and Theresa Park for POW! Productions, with Lee serving as consulting producer.
Kidman describes it as “the beginning of our shared goal in making delicious stories with something meaningful to say about the world”.