HBO continues to get the band back together, announcing that Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz are set to return for a second season of the cable giant’s Emmy-winning series Big Little Lies. The announcement serves to officially reunite the three with their Season 1 co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman; with the cast also set to welcome new cast member Meryl Streep in the upcoming season.
Here’s a look at HBO’s synopsis for Season 2 of Big Little Lies, as well as an overview of the characters going into the second season:
Big Little Lies 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.
Celeste Wright (Kidman): Reeling from her husband Perry’s death, Celeste is adrift, but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was.
Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Witherspoon): Finding that good intentions don’t always yield good consequences, Madeline confronts the truth of Perry’s death, while coming to terms with her own marriage and traditional notions of family.
Mary Louise Wright (Streep): Concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry’s death, Mary Louise arrives in Monterey searching for answers.
Jane Chapman (Woodley): While processing Perry’s sudden death, Jane is trying to build a new life for herself and Ziggy.
Renata Klein (Dern): The epitome of control, Renata is now faced with new challenges in her marriage.
Bonnie Carlson (Kravitz): Bonnie struggles with Perry’s death and is forced to face demons in her past.
Kidman, Witherspoon, and David E. Kelley are re-teaming for the newest installment, with Kidman, Witherspoon, and Kelley also set to executive produce. Kelley will write all seven scripts for Season 2, based partially on a story by author Liane Moriarty, with Andrea Arnold (Transparent) attached to direct. Emmy-winning Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée, who will remain an executive producer.
For her part, Kidman is extremely confident in the creative forces helping bring together another season:
“This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realized by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold. What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”
Witherspoon‘s excited to explore the Big Little Lies universe in more depth with a second season:
“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.”