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Meryl Streep to Star in J.J. Abrams’ Series ‘The Nix’ For WBTV

Streep will also co-produce the series based on the recently-released novel.

Meryl Streep

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Meryl Streep is headed to the small screen. Deadline reports that the actress will be pairing with director/producer J.J. Abrams for a WBTV miniseries adaptation of the acclaimed novel “The Nix” by Nathan Hill.  Abrams is producing the episodes with his company Bad Robot, and is likely to direct a few as well. Streep will also be co-producing.

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The recently released debut novel marked Hill as a new force in American literature, gaining sweeping critical praise. “The Nix,” from Knopf, tells the story of Samuel Andresen-Anderson, a college professor and struggling writer who lucks upon a rare opportunity for a story. His estranged mother, Faye, who abandoned Samuel in his boyhood, becomes the center of a news frenzy when she throws a rock at a conservative presidential candidate. As Faye faces serious charges, and a seedy media profile, Samuel’s resulting investigative writings can either help clear her image or further indict her. Either way, his book-contract calls for a lurid tell-all.

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Streep can currently be seen in theaters in Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins,” alongside Hugh Grant, for which she is expected to get award season attention. Abrams, co-creator of TV series such as “Lost” and “Alias,” recently directed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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