Meryl Streep to Star in 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 for HBO

Meryl Streep to Star in 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 for HBO

Streep will play Mary Louise Wright, the mother to the abusive Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard), who (spoiler alert!) was revealed to have been the one who died during the Emmy-winning first season of the David E. Kelley drama based on the Liane Moriarty novel. Per HBO, she's concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following the death of her son and arrives in Monterey searching for answers. Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who plays Perry's widow, Celeste, are scheduled to return. Please be sure to write a scene with Kidman screaming "I am dying in this town!".

The series has picked up several awards in recent months and Kidman earned an Emmy, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award for her performance as the domestic violence victim. Her other forays into TV include voice work on "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill".

On top of all of that, THR says that Streep is still attached to star in the J.J. Abrams-produced show The Nix, which is rumored to be set up over at Amazon. Abrams series "The Nix".

HBO made the unexpected announcement in December that Big Little Lies, which was originally billed as a limited series, would return for a second season after all. While Reese Witherspoon's Madeline Martha Mackenzie is "finding that good intentions don't always yield good consequences, Madeline confronts the truth of Perry's death, while coming to terms with her own marriage and traditional notions of family". Kidman, Skarsgard and Laura Dern also collected multiple trophies.

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So, basically, we can expect more mystery - and much like Season 1 - plenty of drama!

Season 2, which will be written by Kelley again, will consist of seven episodes like the first. Here's a bit more on the project, which was originally billed as a limited series previous year until critical and awards acclaim motivated HBO to make new deals with the show's producers and cast for another round: Kidman's Wright is "reeling from her husband Perry's death, Celeste is adrift, but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was".

It's TBD on when the new episodes of Big Little Lies will hit the small screen, but safe to say we're all now more excited than ever.

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