The Ladies Are Back! HBO Announces Big Little Lies Season 2 Will Premiere in June
The second season will star Meryl Streep as well as the original cast of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz
The murder and intrigue continues.
On Friday, HBO executives announced at the Television Critics Association tour that Big Little Lies will return for its second season this June.
“We all said goodbye, but we became very close, had such a good time doing it and the desire to spend more time together was a huge part of it, but there was an enormous demand from the audience,” Nicole Kidman said. “I’ve never been in something that reached so far globally, that was such a compelling idea in terms of putting it together again … but it was generated by the audience.”
The first season, based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty, revolved around wealthy mothers in Northern California whose children all attend the same school. The show followed their rivalries and relationships — and ended in death.
One of the first glimpses of what’s to come in the second season showed five central characters — Madeline Mackenzie (Witherspoon), Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley), Bonnie Carlson (Zoë Kravitz), Celeste Right (Kidman), and Renata Klein (Laura Dern) — standing in what appears to be a police lineup.
All of the women are wearing the same Audrey Hepburn-inspired outfits they were at the end of last season, suggesting that the new season picks up right where things left off.
In another short clip, Meryl Streep — who has joined the cast as Celeste’s mother-in-law Mary Louise Wright — seems to have a lot of questions about what became of her son Perry (Alexander Skarsgard).
She demands, “I want to know what happened that night.”
Other photos from shooting have gone viral, as well — namely those of Witherspoon throwing an ice cream cone at Streep. In the photo, Streep has her back turned as Witherspoon furiously throws the cold treat through the air at her costar.
The second season was never supposed to happen, as the first covered Moriarty’s entire book, but the show’s writer David E. Kelly changed his mind after season 1’s success and Streep agreed to join the cast. Moriarty brought the role to life a new novella.
“Last season, we didn’t close the chapter. It ended on a very open note of what’s going to happen next. … What will happen in these relationships?” Kelly said at TCA on Friday. “There was a lit of fertile storytelling to mine. Is the storytelling going to be compelling enough to rise to the first year. … Everybody up here can get jobs, we didn’t want to do this unless we could have a fair shot of living up to the bar we set in year one. … We were unflinching with each other about stories we thought viable and ones not good enough. We didn’t agree to set sail until we had the commitment from all of us.
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As for Streep’s role, “It’s a delicious character and I felt bringing her in was both liberating and daunting,” Kelley told The Hollywood Reporter in May. “Daunting because she sets a high bar and you have to measure up, but liberating in that now the show’s not going to be compared to last year. There was freedom in that.”
The acclaimed actress opened up about what drew her to the part at TCA, telling reporters, “I loved this show. I was addicted to it, I thought it was an amazing exercise in what we know and what we don’t know about people. About family, friends, how it flirted with a mystery of things. What was unsaid, un-shown, unknown was the pull, the gravitational pull of the piece. It was so exciting, so when I got the chance to join the crew I thought yeah, I wanted to do it to be in that world. … The dynamic between Celeste and me, I do love her, that’s the only thing about my character, but that’s the truth.