'Lies' author Moriarty to produce season 2

'Lies' author Moriarty to produce season 2

Rumours circulated as to who "most" of the cast would be, but as of 16 February we had to guess no more as it was announced that HBO had successfully completed negotiations with Shailene Woodley, Zoƫ Kravitz and Laura Dern. Meryl Streep was recently added to the line-up as Wright.

Kravitz's Bonnie: Bonnie struggles with Perry's death and is forced to face demons in her past.

With Witherspoon leveraging an already-inked Apple deal with Jennifer Aniston that sources say is over $1.25 million per episode, all five of the returning cast members of Big Little Lies is expecting a bigger payday as well, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

Big Little Lies season 2 will introduce Streep's character as the mother of Alexander Skarsgard's character from season 1, which makes her the mother-in-law of Nicole Kidman's character Celeste Wright. Dern is Renata Klein: The epitome of control, Renata is now faced with new challenges in her marriage.

Andrea Arnold will direct all seven of the new episodes, which are slated to premiere in 2019.

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Kidman, who plays Celeste Wright, will need to find herself and stand on her own after the death of her husband.

It will be based on a short story by Liane Moriarty, the author who wrote the Big Little Lies novel that the first season was adapted from.

The description for season two of the show reads: "The subversive, darkly comedic drama 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".