After much speculation, Big Little Lies is OFFICIALLY returning for a second season. HBO confirmed the news on Friday afternoon via Twitter and, within the announcement, confirmed which familiar faces have signed on.
— HBO (@HBO) December 8, 2017
The second season will consist of seven episodes and will be directed by Andrea Arnold (Transparent, I Love Dick). Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will return as their respective characters and as executive producers. Though it is unclear if director Jean-Marc Vallée will be doing any directing in the second season, it is confirmed that he will return as an executive producer. Writer-producer David E. Kelley is slated to write the entire second season. The majority of the cast will allegedly return to their respective roles.
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According to Vulture, casting directors are shopping around for actors to play four new characters. The roles include Michael Perkins, a new second-grade teacher at Otter Bay Elementary; a new school administrator who becomes close to Jane; and Bonnie’s mother and father, Elizabeth and Martin Howard. It’s unclear whether or not these roles have been cast.
Witherspoon has spoken out following the official announcement, expressing her excitement in continuing the series. The actress, along with Kidman, has expressed her desire to see the series return in the past year. The news undoubtedly comes as a relief to the duo.
I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists. It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them. I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.
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