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Nine Perfect Strangers will differ from the book it's based on in a major way

Have you read Liane Moriarty's novel?

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Eve Crosbie
TV & Film Writer
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Nine Perfect Strangers is the new show that's got everyone talking - and it hasn't even hit screens yet!

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The mystery drama, which is set to land on Amazon Prime Video for international audiences on Friday 20 August, is based on a bestselling novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, the author of Big Little Lies.

It follows a group of stressed city dwellers who visit a boutique health and wellness resort that promises healing and transformation. However, according to one of its stars, the series is set to digress from the books in a major way.

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Discussing the differences between the show and the novel, actress Samara Weaving, who plays Jessica, told Digital Spy: "The script is very different from the book in that it ends very differently for a lot of different characters. [Nicole Kidman's character] Masha has a very different arc, so it'll be interesting to see what people think."

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She added that it's not the only change book fans can expect in the upcoming adaptation. Speaking about her own character, the former Home and Away star revealed that scriptwriters have made the decision to have her suffer from body dysmorphia. "She has sort of a mental illness and in the book, she has quite a positive relationship with her body image."

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Nine Perfect Strangers is set to differ from the book it's based on in several ways

"I think it was interesting that Liane [Moriarty] wrote about that because as a reader you can see yourself judging her, and that's such a reflection on what I am and I think," she continued.  "So it really made me think about how we see influencers and what it is like to be an influencer, and that was really interesting and really changed my perspective on – it's a business."

Joining Samara in the cast of the series are a number of familiar faces, including Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, Regina Hall, Luke Evans, Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy, The Good Place's Manny Jacinto, Bobby Cannavale and Hamilton star Tiffany Boone.

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The synopsis for the series reads: "Nine strangers from the city gather for a ten-day retreat at Tranquillum House, a health and wellness resort which promises to transform and heal the guests who stay there. However, the resort is not what it seems to be and the guests are about to discover many secrets about each other and the resort's host Masha."

US viewers will be able to catch the drama on Hulu from Wednesday 18 August, while it will be available in the UK and worldwide (excluding America and China) on Friday 20 August on Amazon Prime Video. We can't wait!

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