The teaser for HBO’s upcoming miniseries Olive Kitteridge only allows for a glimpse of Frances McDormand’s take on the title character in the adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. But it’s certainly a tantalizing one, giving audiences a sense of how director Lisa Cholodenko interpreted Strout’s fictional setting of Crosby, Maine. And it’s all set to a haunting cover of Olivia Newton-John’s “Magic” by Martha Wainwright, who is in the series.
Strout’s novel consists of 13 interconnected short stories. However, the miniseries consists of just four parts. But that’s actually not a huge drawback, given the critical response so far. Though the series will not run on HBO until November, it premiered recently at the Venice Film Festival to acclaim, especially for McDormand in a role that The Hollywood Reporter’s review claimed was one of the “most complex and memorable of her career.” HitFix’s review called the miniseries a “a perfect storm of talent, fine storytelling and beautiful direction, executed with consummate professionalism by a top notch craft and tech team.”
The movie also stars Richard Jenkins as Olive’s husband Henry, Zoe Kazan, John Gallagher Jr., and Bill Murray.