Any doubts about the need for a second season have now been dispelled.
Meryl Streep is joining Big Little Lies for its second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard’s character. That means she’s playing mother-in-law to Celeste, the character Nicole Kidman has been winning a bazillion awards for portraying. Wright is described as a woman concerned for the wellbeing of her grandchildren following certain events in the first season.
There has been doubts from fans about the potential for a second season considering the first covered the whole story from the Liane Moriarty novel it’s based on. But Streep’s addition will surely change that. Her character will inevitably create drama and tension with Kidman’s Celeste and Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline, both of whom are confirmed to return. Not to mention with the acting talent of these three women combined, the show will likely deserve to have all of the awards thrown its way.
The second season will consist of seven episodes and will be adding more new characters, including the parents of Zoe Kravitz’s Bonnie. Creator David E. Kelley has written the continuation of the series based partially on a story from Moriarty, and Andrea Arnold (American Honey) will be directing the whole thing, taking over from Season 1 helmer Jean-Marc Vallée.
Streep’s casting will mark her return to HBO more than 15 years after her Emmy-winning performance in the 2003 miniseries Angels in America. Big Little Lies recently picked up eight Emmys of its own, as well as four Golden Globes. With Streep on board, the show can only be heading towards even further accolades and more critical acclaim.
Big Little Lies Season 2 will air sometime in 2019.