Good news for fans of Big Little Lies: three more stars have now confirmed they’ll return to the critically acclaimed HBO drama for a second season. They’ll join Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Meryl Streep. According the Hollywood Reporter, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz have all signed deals to appear on the second season of the show, which is supposed to go into production later this year.
The actresses will reprise their roles as Jane Chapman, the young mother who arrives in an affluent community and is befriended by Witherspoon’s character Madeline; Renata Klein, a high-flying lawyer who suspected their her daughter was being abused by a fellow classmate; and Bonnie Carlson, a yoga teacher who is married to Madeline’s ex-husband.
As Season One was initially made as a limited series, the stars’ contracts did not include the option to sign on for future episodes. As a result, The Hollywood Reporter reports the network had to make new deals with the cast. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have reportedly negotiated a salary of $1 million per episode for the second season (which doesn’t included what they will earn as executive producers on the show), and other cast members have also allegedly renegotiated higher pay.
Meryl Streep was the first new addition to the cast announced for Season Two. Streep is set to play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard’s character Perry. Skarsgard is reportedly returning to the show in some capacity, though further details have not yet been confirmed. For the second season, the show will be directed by Andrea Arnold, the British auteur best known for films such as Fish Tank and American Honey. _ The new season will be written by the _Big Little Lies books’ author, Liane Moriarty.
According to HBO, the new season deals with “the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting.”
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