The only actor who could increase the star power of HBO’s Big Little Lies has signed on for season two. Oscar winner Meryl Streep will be joining the cast as Mary Louise Wright, Perry Wright’s mother, and she will arrive in Monterey out of concern for her grandchildren and to search for answers about her son’s death.
Even though the characters might not be thrilled about the arrival of Mary Louise, the cast is happy to welcome Streep to the family.
Nicole Kidman – who plays Celeste – posted on Instagram a message of welcome to Streep and said she can’t wait, while executive producer and star Reese Witherspoon shared how excited she was about the news.
Laura Dern wrote that her acting dream has come true.
Before the Streep announcement, executive producer Bruna Papandrea said that many big celebrities had reached out to her and expressed interest in joining the cast.
She said that she thinks there is so much interest because it is obvious that the cast and crew has a lot of fun together and people want to be a part of that.
Alexander Skarsgard, who played Perry Wright and won multiple awards for the role, will reportedly return next season in some capacity. The show’s official description says that season two will explore “the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”
The news of Streep joining the popular HBO show comes just after she received another Oscar nomination, this time for her role in Steven Spielberg’s The Post.
The nomination broke her own record for the most Oscar acting nods, bringing her total to 21. During her career, she has won three of the coveted statues.
According to sources, producers will pay a pretty penny for Streep to join the Big Little Lies cast, with the actress earning $800,000 per episode.
HBO announced last month that they had renewed the show for a second season that is scheduled to air in 2019. Producers based the first season on the novel by Liane Moriarty, but the author will write a new story for season two.
Kidman says the stories will be rich and deep, but they weren’t expecting to come back for another season.
It was supposed to be a limited series, but fans wanted more so they decided to see what they could do. Season 2 of Big Little Lies will premiere in 2019.