The Dawson's Creek favorite has joined the cast of Hulu's highly anticipated take on Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere.
The eight-episode limited series follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother (Kerry Washington) and daughter (Lexi Underwood) 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.
Along with Witherspoon, Washington, and Jackson, Little Fires Everywhere will star Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married), Jade Pettyjohn (Destroyer), Jordan Elsass (The Long Road Home), Megan Stott (So Shook), Lexi Underwood (The Good Doctor), and Gavin Lewis (Prince of Peoria). Liz Tigelaar (Life Unexpected, Casual) will write the series and serve as showrunner and executive producer.
Jackson, who will be a series regular, will portray Bill Richardson, a Shaker Heights attorney who hails from modest means. Bill is the perfectly suited counterweight to his energetic and strong-willed wife, Elena (Reese Witherspoon), but when he agrees to represent their friends in a fiery custody battle, the couple begin to fight about more than just their challenging youngest daughter, Izzy (Megan Stott).
Little Fires Everywhere landed at Hulu following a multiple-outlet bidding war. Witherspoon's company, Hello Sunshine, snatched up the rights to the book before its publication and brought it to fellow star and executive producer Washington. Together, the actresses took it to writer Liz Tigelaar (Casual, Life Unexpected) to adapt and to serve as showrunner. ABC Signature will exec produce the project alongside Hello Sunshine and Simpson Street. Tigelaar, Lauren Neustadter, Pilar Savone and Lynn Sheldon will all exec produce.
Sources note that several outlets attempted to take the package off the table, but Witherspoon and those involved insisted on letting everyone hear the pitch as they mulled the right home for the project. (In a rare move, network execs went to the Hello Sunshine offices rather than producers hopping from network to network.) Little Fires Everywhere will be a co-production between ABC Signature and Hello Sunshine. It is the first project on which the latter has served as the studio.
Jackson, repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Hansen Jacobson, next appears in Netflix's Ava DuVernay drama When They See Us.
Ng, who will also be a producer on the show, was excited to share the news about Jacksons casting on Twitter, tweeting, My teenage self is YELLING.
Joshua Jackson will soon be tending to Little Fires Everywhere: The Affair grad has been cast as the male lead opposite Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington in Hulu’s highly anticipated limited series.
Washington (Scandal) will play Mia Warren, and both Witherspoon and Washington will serve as executive producers for the series.
Based on the Celeste Ng bestseller, the ’90s-set drama “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,” according to the official logline.
Jackson is set to play Bill Richardson, husband to Witherspoon’s strong-willed matriarch Elena. Bill is described as an attorney who hails from modest means. He agrees to represent family friends in a bitter custody battle.
In addition to Little Fires Everywhere, Jackson stars in the upcoming Netflix miniseries When They See Us, a four-part examination of the Central Park Five case. It is set to premiere Friday, May 31 (watch trailer).
As previously reported, Jackson will not return to Showtime’s The Affair in a series-regular capacity. In fact, it is unclear whether he will appear at all during the future-set fifth and final season, which is expected to premiere later this year.
A premiere date for Little Fires Everywhere has not yet been announced. In the meantime, hit the comments and tell us if Jackson’s casting piques your interest in the Hulu drama.