• Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are set to star in the adaptation of Celeste Ng's novel, Little Fires Everywhere (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Celeste Ng's bestselling novel is set to become an onscreen series.
Zoe Victoria

20 Jan 2020 - 11:01 AM  UPDATED 20 Jan 2020 - 11:03 AM

Bookworms, hold onto your hats because the first trailer for the screen adaptation of Celeste Ng’s book, Little Fires Everywhere just dropped and it is fire (pun intended)!

The trailer opens with Elena Richardson, played by Reese Witherspoon, watching her house burn down. The dramatic event which is central to the story will be familiar to readers of the bestselling novel. But it’s not the only part of the 90-second trailer that packs a punch.

The series follows the relationship between the affluent Richardson family and the mysterious Mia Warren (played by Kerry Washington) and her teenage daughter Pearl who live in the suburban town of Shaker Heights, Ohio in the late 90s.

The trailer begins to hint that the relationship between the two families might not be what it seems. Just as we see what appears to be her picture perfect suburban life - four kids, a beautiful home, abundant wealth - we hear Mrs Richardson say, “You know who you are, or at least you think you do.” 

And that same sense of mystery seems to run through the lives of the other characters too. We see Washington’s character Mia driving with her daughter Pearl in the passenger seat her as she asks herself, “Did I do the right thing, running from the truth?”

But as the tension reaches boiling point we get a sense that the true grit of the story lies in the complexity of motherhood. In an explosive exchange, we see Mrs Richardson admonish Mia, telling her, “A good mother makes good choices.” Mia retorts, “You didn’t make good choices, you had good choices.”

The moment appears to be a teaser of what promises to be incredible chemistry between the two lead actresses. Witherspoon announced the collaboration back in 2018, announcing to her fans on Twitter that she was excited to bring the book to the screen with Washington. She said, “I love this beautiful book about motherhood and I can’t wait to finally collaborate with one of my favourite actresses.” 

Washington has also previously shared her excitement about the project. Taking to Instagram last year, she wrote, “I’m so proud of the bada$$ women this show is powered by, can’t wait for you all to see.”

US audiences will be the first to see the much anticipated show with Hulu set to drop the eight episode series on March 18. An Australian release date is yet to be announced.