HBO has confirmed a few members of the returning cast for the next season of “Big Little Lies,” as well as a few plot-points. While it may not be a total surprise that many members of the season one cast are set to return to the award-winning series, it’s always great for fans to have a confirmation. HBO announced this week that Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravits will star in the series along with regulars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. HBO also confirmed that David E. Kelley will write all seven scripts, which are based on a story by Liane Moriarty.
You may want to avoid some spoilers if you haven’t caught up, as much of season two will follow the events from the first season.
Shailene Woodley will play the role of Jane Chapman, which HBO describes: “While processing Perry’s sudden death, Jane is trying to build a new life for herself and Ziggy”. Laura Dern is playing the role of Renata Klein: “The epitome of control, Renata is now faced with new challenges in her marriage,” and Zoë Kravitz will play Bonnie Carlson: “Bonnie struggles with Perry’s death and is forced to face demons in her past”.
As previously announced, Nicole Kidman is playing Celeste Wright: “Reeling from her husband Perry’s death, Celeste is adrift, but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was”. Reese Witherspoon is playing Madeline Martha Mackenzie: “Finding that good intentions don’t always yield good consequences, Madeline confronts the truth of Perry’s death, while coming to terms with her own marriage and traditional notions of family”. Meryl Streep is playing Mary Louise Wright: “Concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry’s death, Mary Louise arrives in Monterey searching for answers”.
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Bruna Papandrea and Per Saari optioned the film and television rights to Big Little Lies by best-selling author Liane Moriarty. The novel debuted #1 on the New York Times best seller list.
The series debuted on HBO in February 2017, and received 16 Emmy nominations and won 8 Emmys, including, among others, Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actress (Nicole Kidman) in a Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgård) in a Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Supporting Actress (Laura Dern) in a Limited Series or Movie, and Outstanding Directing (Jean-Marc Vallée) for Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special.
“Big Little Lies” also garnered 4 Golden Globes for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Nicole Kidman), Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Alexander Skarsgård), and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television (Laura Dern); as well as 4 Critics Choice Awards for Best Limited Series, Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series (Kidman), Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series (Skarsgård), Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series (Dern). Nicole Kidman also won the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series SAG Award.