It appears that HBO’s runaway success Big Little Lies (Season 1 available now on HBO Canada and CraveTV) isn’t content with winning all the awards for their first season. The show is now gunning for an even bigger season two. But, how do you outdo an initial run that included acting and directing awards at the Emmys, the Golden Globes, and the SAG Awards? One word: Meryl. You know which one we mean.
With a cast that includes Hollywood A-listers Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern, finding a new character who can hold their own is no small task, but it’s one that three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep can do in her sleep. That’s not a slight against the other women. It’s just that Meryl Streep is Meryl-freaking-Streep.
Showing the power of TV in 2018, Streep, who is fresh off her 21st Academy Award nomination for The Post, will be heading to Monterey for Season 2 of Big Little Lies where the people are beautiful, the soundtrack is curated by the most advanced six-year-old in the world, and the houses are what HGTV dreams are made of.
Streep will be playing Mary Louise Wright, mother of Alexander Skarsgard’s character Perry, the abusive husband to Kidman’s Celeste. (We’ll pretend that Perry was the secret love child that Streep’s character in Mamma Mia! had with Alexander’s father Stellan Skarsgard, one of the three suitors from the ABBA musical.)
In case you’re wondering how badly the showrunners wanted Streep for the part, it’s likely not a coincidence they named the new character Mary Louise, which is Streep’s actual name.
Since Season 1 of Big Little Lies ended with the same conclusion as Liane Moriarty’s novel, the plot of the upcoming season is shrouded in mystery, but we do know that Mary Louise returns to Monterey to check in on her grandchildren and look for answers around her son’s death.
The cast of Big Little Lies has already begun welcoming Streep on social media, with Witherspoon, Dern and Kidman all posting messages. We assume this is an image of Kidman telling Streep about the great wardrobe on set.
It’s been confirmed that David E. Kelly will be returning to write all seven episodes for Season 2, with Moriarty also helping with the new storyline.
Sources say that the new season will also include more backstory on Zoe Kravitz’s character Bonnie, including the addition of her parents. The roles have not yet been cast, but fingers crossed Kravitz’s actual parents Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet make their way to Monterey.