HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy winning “Big Little Lies” was intended to be a one-season limited series.
But the show was such a hit that HBO and its stars, which include some of the most respected actresses in Hollywood, decided to make a second season (even though the first season is based on a book with no sequels).
On Wednesday, HBO announced that Oscar winner Meryl Streep would join the season two cast. The season won’t arrive until 2019, so we collected everything you we know about it so far.
When the season two pick-up was announced, HBO said in a statement:
“The subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”
Here’s everything we know so far about season two of “Big Little Lies:”
It will have seven episodes.
Season one also had seven episodes, each about 50 minutes long.
Meryl Streep will be in it.
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Yes. That Meryl Streep. The one with 21 Oscar nominations, and three wins.
Streep will play Mary Louise Wright, Celeste’s mother-in-law and Perry’s mother. AKA: the mother of Alexander Skarsgård’s character from season one, who was killed in the season finale. This tie-in pretty much guarantees that her role will be huge.
Streep will be the third Oscar winner on the show, joining former winners Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
This isn’t Streep’s first time doing TV for HBO. She starred in the 2003 miniseries “Angels in America,” and won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance.
There will be several new characters.
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According to Vulture, in addition to Streep’s role, there will be a few more new characters. Judging from Streep’s casting, these roles will likely go to some big names:
Michael Perkins, a new second-grade teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School. He will not get along with Renata (Laura Dern).
A new employee at the school administration office who befriends Jane (Shailene Woodley).
Bonnie’s (Zoë Kravitz) parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard, who have a complex relationship with their daughter.
Andrea Arnold will direct every episode.
Arnold directed a 2011 adaptation of “Wuthering Heights,” the 2016 film “American Honey,” as well as several episodes of Amazon shows “Transparent” and “I Love Dick.”
In 2005, Arnold won an Oscar for her short film, “Wasp.”
All your favorite leading ladies are returning.
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz will return.
“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists,” star and executive producer Reese Witherspoon said in a statement. “It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them.”
David E. Kelley, who wrote all of season one, is returning to write.
In 2017, Kelley won an Emmy when “Big Little Lies” won best limited series. He was nominated for outstanding writing for a limited series.
Liane Moriarty, who wrote the book season one is based on, is working with David E. Kelly to make sure her story goes in a direction she approves.
Moriarty was asked by HBO to come up with a potential storyline for season two that will help continue the stories of Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Renata, and Bonnie.
When asked why the limited series will go on, star and executive producer Nicole Kidman said, “I believe their stories warrant it and I don’t want to abandon them. We don’t want to sell them short, either. But I’m hoping we can find it if we take the leap.”
It won’t premiere until 2019.
You’ll have to wait a year or more for the second season. But that’s a good thing, since it’s not being rushed.
It will start production in Spring 2018.
So you can expect more casting announcements and plot details as we get closer to spring.