Meryl Streep just snagged the lead in season 2 of Big Little Lies and this is arguably 2018’s best news so far.
The Oscar Award winning actress will join the show’s current stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman for a continuation of the book-turned-TV adaptation. Streep will play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of the abusive Perry Wright. According to the book, Mary is concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren and arrives to Monterey searching for answers about her son’s death. Streep’s addition to the show was made public by HBO today.
— HBO (@HBO) January 24, 2018
The return of Big Little Lies already was big news considering the fanfare around the widely-praised HBO drama that is executive produced by Witherspoon and Kidman. But thanks to the star power added to the cast, season two just became even more of a must-watch. The news sent Twitter into a frenzy, as it should (I’m actually shaking as I type).
Me: Big Little Lies had a great ending, they shouldn't ruin it with a second season
*Meryl Streep joins the cast*
Me: Big Little Lies season 2 will be an absolute masterpiece, the greatest piece of television to ever air
— Chris Oakley (@chrisoakwheee) January 24, 2018
meryl streep + nicole kidman + zoe kravitz + laura dern + shailene woodley + reese witherspoon = me not being able to breathe
— maria (@timmychalmet) January 24, 2018
"#BigLittleLies cast is something epic, damn what could be better than this?"
**Meryl Streep to Star in #BigLittleLies Season 2 as Perry's mother*
— La Zanzy ☕️ (@neveradamnjoy) January 24, 2018
Meryl Streep is gonna play Nicole Kidman's mother in law in Big Little Lies OHMYGOD pic.twitter.com/uUDsEjS1ct
— dilara (@marioncotilards) January 24, 2018
big little lies will take a rest in 2018 and then just added meryl streep in the cast for season 2 so everyone knows we gonna repeat that mantra in 2019 "BIG LITTLE LIES OWNS THE AWARD SEASON" i dont make the rules
— (@blutjeans) January 24, 2018
Meryl Streep is joining the cast of Big Little Lies. We should just give out the award for best tv show already. I’m done.
— Jayme Asher (@jaymeasher) January 24, 2018
It’s also interesting that Meryl is dabbling in TV, since most of her work resides in film. Back in 2012 and 2010, the actress appeared in Web Therapy alongside Lisa Kudrow. In 2003, Streep played the role of Ethel Rosenberg in the HBO mini-series Angels in America. Big Little Lies, which premiered in February 2017 as a limited series, raked in five Golden Globe Awards, eight Emmy Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. The show returns 2019, but we have a strong feeling it’ll be worth the wait.
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