Good news for fans of Big Little Lies: three of your favourite stars have now confirmed that they’ll be return to the critically acclaimed HBO drama for a second season, joining Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and – yes – Meryl Streep.
According to a new piece in the Hollywood Reporter, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz have all signed deals to appear in a second series of Big Little Lies, which is slated to go into production later this year.
They’ll reprise their roles as Jane Chapman, the young mother who arrives in an affluent Monterey community and is befriended by Witherspoon’s Madeline, Renata Klein, a high-flying lawyer who suspected their her daughter was being abused by a fellow classmate, and Bonnie Carlson, a yoga teacher who is married to Madeline’s ex-husband.
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As season one was initially conceived as a limited series, the stars’ contracts did not include the option for future episodes. As a result, the Reporter suggests, the network had to make new deals with its cast. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have reportedly negotiated a salary of $1 million per episode for the second season (not including what they will earn as executive producers on the show), and it’s thought that the other cast members have also renegotiated higher pay.
Meryl Streep is the first new addition to the cast announced for season two, and is set to play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard’s Perry. Skarsgard is reportedly returning to the show in some capacity, though further details have not yet been confirmed. This time around, the show will be directed by Andrea Arnold, the British auteur best known for films like Fish Tank and American Honey, with a new story from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty.
According to HBO, it’ll deal with ‘the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting.'