After another superb performance and another Academy Award nomination for her work in Steven Spielberg‘s The Post, Meryl Streep is now heading to TV. She will star in season 2 of HBO’s Big Little Lies, alongside returning stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
Streep will reportedly play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard‘s Perry Wright, the abusive husband of Kidman’s character. Although the show was originally intended to be a limited series, and was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, it quickly earned critical acclaim and went on to sweep a bunch of Emmy and Golden Globes.
The critical acclaim and fan demand inspired HBO to expand the narrative beyond Liane Moriarty‘s novel. For season 2, Kelley is confirmed to return and already has seven scripts with help from a story by Moriarty. Excitingly, Andrea Arnold (American Honey, Fish Tank) is stepping in to direct the new episodes.
Only Witherspoon and Kidman are confirmed to return right now, but the rest of the main cast are expected to return once the deals are on the table. Streep will reportedly make around $800,000 per episode.
The excitement for Big Little Lies season 2 was already palpable before this announcement, but with Streep now on board, it’s going to be even harder to wait until 2019 when the show returns to HBO.