Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies may not have a sequel, but that hasn’t stopped HBO from going forward with a second season of their widely-lauded adaptation of the novel. HBO has just confirmed more actors returning for the second season, including Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz. This new batch of returning cast members join the previously announced Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and, new to the cast, Meryl Streep.
The second season will pick up where the first left off, meaning—spoilers—Perry’s death will presumably cast a pretty huge shadow. As all of the conspirators do their best to adjust to the new reality they live in, their lives are further complicated by the arrival of Perry’s mother, played by Streep.
Though Moriarty didn’t write a sequel to Big Little Lies, she did come up with the story for the show’s second season. David E. Kelly, who wrote and executive produced the first season, is doing the same this time around. The director of the first season, Jean-Marc Vallée, won’t be returning to the director’s chair, as he’s currently occupied directing a series based on Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects for HBO, which is due out this summer. Andrea Arnold will be taking over for Vallée, helming each episode of the second season.
Laura Dern scored an Emmy and Golden Globe for her performance as Renata Klein in the first season. The series was a critical favorite, having scooped up a ton of Golden Globe and Emmy nods, and winning several. Though Roxane Gay referred to the adaptation as “the Dry Ass TV Adaptation With Bad Music” I disagree with her opinion and would submit that the music is good. In any case, fans should be excited and haters should, I guess, give as few cares as they like.
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