Meryl Streep is one of the most celebrated actresses of all time, and she has the Academy Awards statues to prove it. She has tackled roles that have ranged from the deeply dramatic to the crazily comedic to the musical. There doesn't seem to be a genre that she hasn't been able to tackle so far. Now, she's moving out of Academy Awards territory and taking part in a new TV series that could be fantastic. Meryl Streep will star in the television adaptation of the popular novel The Nix.

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Nathan Hill's The Nix is a novel released on August 30, 2016, and it's already been successful enough that a TV series is warranted. Considering that Meryl Streep has one of the biggest names in showbiz and certainly isn't struggling to find roles, her casting is a sign that the Nix adaptation has the potential to be one of the most well-crafted shows in recent years. Streep will produce in addition to starring. J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot are on board as well, and Deadline reports that it's highly probable that Abrams will direct some of the installments of the limited series.

Normally, a project featuring both Meryl Streep and J.J. Abrams would sound more like a Mad Lib that an actual production, but The Nix may be the sort of project that really needs the best of both to really succeed. The book focuses on multiple generations of a mother and son against a heated political background. Streep will play Faye, who is a mother that abandoned her family when her son was a young boy. Faye's claim to fame is an incident in which she hurled rocks at a presidential candidate when she was in a hippie phase of her life. Her son grows up to become a professor and aspiring novelist who will cross familial lines if it means publication. He decides to write a harsh profile of the mother from whom he has been estranged for many years.

There's no word just yet of who might play Meryl Streep's son in The Nix, but we can bet that there will be plenty of hopeful actors wanting the chance to act opposite Streep. Hopefully Streep and Abrams will be able to find somebody who can hold his own opposite her. She won't be able to carry a multi-generational story all on her own, no matter how skilled she is as an actress.

There's also no confirmation of what network will win the rights to broadcast the Nix production, how many episodes we can expect, or when we'll get our first glimpse of Meryl Streep as Faye. Warner Bros Television is handling the details of the deal as it moves forward. Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch on the small screen during the wait for more news on what to count on with The Nix. If you need a fix of Meryl Streep now, you can catch her on the big screen in Florence Foster Jenkins.

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