It has already been a big week for Meryl Streep, and it’s about to get even bigger.
According to Deadline, the three-time Academy Award winner will join the cast of Emmy-winning series “Big Little Lies” for its second season. This news comes just a day after Streep broke her own record with her twenty-first Academy Award nomination.
The rest of this story will contain spoilers to season one. Proceed with caution.
Streep will play Perry’s mother, Mary Louise Wright. She comes to Monterey in search of answers about her son’s untimely death. Alexander Skarsgård played Perry in the first season. He won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role.
“Big Little Lies” began as a limited series based on the novel of the same name by Lianne Moriarty. It was an instant hit on HBO, and many fans instantly begged for more. Director Jean-Marc Vallée didn’t like the idea, but HBO decided to move forward with a second season. Vallée will serve as an Executive Producer for the next installment. Andrea Arnold will step in to direct all seven episodes of season 2.
Meryl Streep joins a cast of Academy Award winning actresses. So far, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz have all confirmed they will return. Witherspoon and Kidman also produce.
There is no word yet on the return of Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, James Tupper, or any of the other supporting cast members.
Streep became the most nominated actress last year when she received her twentieth Academy Award nomination for “Florence Foster Jenkins.” This year, she is nominated again for her role as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham in “The Post.” Her career has primarily focused in feature films, although she has done television work, too. In 2003, she won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her performance in the HBO mini-series, “Angels in America.”
There is no word yet on when season 2 will air, although HBO has said the season will begin sometime this year.