Acclaimed filmmaker J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Oscar-winner Meryl Streep (Suffragette) are perhaps two of the most powerful people currently working in Hollywood. Respectively, the director and performer have firmly estabished themselves as go-to talents within the entertainment industry at large over the course of their individual careers. Any project that the two might approach independently (or together) would be met with decided viewer attention and definite critical notice, for related reasons.
On that note, word has it that Abrams and Streep are primed to cross paths on a limited TV series production in the near very future. Fresh off his success with relaunching the Star Wars movie franchise last year, Abrams is set to direct a number of episodes of a brand new mini-series starring Streep based on the debut novel The Nix, by up-and-coming American writer Nathan Hill.
According to Deadline, Abrams and Streep are directing and starring in (respectively) a limited TV series version of The Nix, based on the fall literary sensation by Hill. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot is overseeing the project’s development, with Streep playing a fictional, hippie-era political activist and mother who strikes a conservative governor (and presidential nominee) with a rock during a strike on the campaign trail.
As those who have already read The Nix know, the plot of the political satire is centrally concerned with the fallout of the incident cited above, the chief repercussions of which include a scathing article written by the activist’s estranged son that shines a negative light on the hippie movement in general. Streep should provide for a more than moving portrayal of the historically loaded content in question, and Abrams is sure to bring plenty of dramatic gravitas to bear on the proceedings, too.
Keeping his work as an executive producer on the historical/sci-fi TV mini-series 11.22.63 for Hulu in mind, Abrams is perhaps an unexpected choice to work on something like The Nix. Still, given his track record with the former (an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name) he is a fitting choice, nonetheless. Streep continues to make waves with role she takes, only further paving the way for The Nix to be a project that turns a few heads when the series makes its way to the small screen in the future.
Screen Rant will bring you more information on The Nix as it becomes available.