HBO’s Big Little Lies is getting a little bigger in season 2 with the addition of legendary actress Meryl Streep. Entertainment Weekly reported that the award-winning actress, who was recently nominated for an Academy Award for her role in The Post, will join the season 2 cast of Big Little Lies. Streep is set to play Mary Louise Wright, mother to abusive husband Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgård) and mother-in-law to Celeste (Nicole Kidman).
In announcing the news, HBO tweeted, “Welcoming #MerylStreep to our tribe of fierce #BigLittleLies women,” along with a photo of Streep.
The first season of Big Little Lies dominated the awards shows, taking home a whopping eight Emmys and four Golden Globes, which set the wheels in motion for HBO to expand the story beyond author Liane Moriarty’s original novel. According to a post on her Facebook page, the author will be involved in writing the storyline of season 2.
The Hollywood Reporter says that seven episodes have been greenlit for season 2. The second season will also feature Bonnie’s (Zoë Kravitz) parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard. At this point, only Reese Witherspoon, Kidman and, Streep are confirmed, but HBO has said negotiations are underway, and they expect “most of the cast” to return, including Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern.
Streep’s character, Mary Louise Wright, is described as a woman who comes to Monterey looking for answers about her son’s death and is concerned for her grandchildren. According to Entertainment Weekly, season 2 will also show Celeste “reeling from her husband Perry’s death… but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was.” Meanwhile, Witherspoon’s Madeline Martha Mackenzie is said to be “finding that good intentions don’t always yield good consequences.”
Big Little Lies is expected to air in 2019.