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Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, & Zoe Kravitz return for more Big Little Lies

SPOILERS for Big Little Lies below. The HBO series about three mothers whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder was originally intended to be a mini-series, but when its popularity exploded and the awards began stacking up, the series was renewed for a second season. Given that Big Little Lies wasn't supposed to return for another season, new contracts with the stars needed to be worked out. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon had already closed their deals, but now it seems that Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz are officially set to return as well.

The second season will begin with many characters still processing the death Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgård), and will further 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." Jane (Woodley) is attempting to build a new life for herself and Ziggy (Iain Armitage), with Renata (Dern) finding herself faced with new challenges in her marriage and Bonnie (Kravitz) struggling with Perry's death and forced to face the demons of her past. The cast of Big Little Lies is already an embarrassment of riches, but the second season will somehow up the ante with the inclusion of Meryl Streep (THE POST), who will be joing the series as Perry's mother, Mary Lousie Wright. Concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry’s death, Mary Louise will come to Monterey searching for answers.

The first season of Big Little Lies was based upon the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, but the second season will be based, at least partially, on a new story by Moriarty. David E. Kelley, who wrote and executive produced the first season, will once again be tackling all seven episode of the second season, but Andrea Arnold (AMERICAN HONEY) will be taking over from Jean-Marc Vallée (WILD) in the director's chair. The second season is Big Little Lies is expected to debut on HBO in 2019.

Source: THR

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