As if there could be any more excitement for the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies, the first glance at Meryl Streep‘s role has just arrived. Nicole Kidman shared a photo of the iconic actress in character, and, to no one’s surprise, she’s fitting right in.
“First day on the set with Meryl and ‘my’ darling boys! #BigLittleLies,” Kidman wrote in the caption of the photo on Instagram, which is yet another reminder of the family vibes on the set of the beloved show. Streep, who plays Kidman’s character Celeste Wright’s mother-in-law, Mary Louise Wright, looks like a natural in the role of grandmother to the twin boys, played by Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti. While the Wright family appears to be upbeat in the photo, the tone on the show will be much more somber. It’s already been revealed that Streep’s character is “concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry’s death and on the hunt for answers.”
Helmed by Andrea Arnold, the second season will be based on a new story (which has not been released) that Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty wrote to follow up the novel. David E. Kelley is returning to handle the script. Meanwhile it’s unknown if the Wright family patriarch, Perry, played by Alexander Skarsgård, will be returning, whether as injured from Bonnie’s push or reappearing in flashbacks. “I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not. I feel okay right now, but we’ll see,” the actor told People.
As for Mary Louise Wright, the character was penned explicitly for Streep. “[The role] was written for her and we wanted her,” Kidman has said. “Reese [Witherspoon] and I were just [thinking], ‘She would be so amazing in the role!'” It took a bit of convincing to get her, though. “We didn’t think we’d get her,” Kidman has said. “We’re determined to give [Streep] an extraordinary experience. She’s had a lot of experiences, so we just want to make it fun for her and vibrant and exciting.” Mission accomplished, judging by Streep’s face in the first photo of her on the set.
There is not yet a release date for the second season, though HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys told Vulture that it won’t air until at least 2019.
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Meryl Streep at Fox Searchlight’s 2007 Golden Globes After-Party, January 2007.
Meryl Streep at the opening night of Shakespeare in the Park’s *Mother Courage And Her Children in New York, August 2006.
Meryl Streep and Lily Collins at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, January 2017.
Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts at the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in Santa Monica, January 2014.
Meryl Streep while filming New York and the Movies around New York, February 2002.
Meryl Streep backstage at the 89th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 2017.
Meryl Streep at the Mentor’s Walk: Creating the New Girls Network in New York, April 2005.
Meryl Streep at the USA Network’s Tribute to Meryl Streep in Hollywood, June 2004.
Meryl Streep receiving the lifetime Donosti Award at the Kursaal Palace in San Sebastian, Spain, September 2008.
Meryl Streep at the Venice Film Festival for The Devil Wears Prada, September 2006.
Meryl Streep at Vassar College’s 150th Anniversary Celebration in New York, February 2011.
Mamie Gummer and Meryl Streep at the 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, February 2017.
Meryl Streep at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, January 2014.
Meryl Streep at the One World One Child in Beverly Hills, October 2002.
Meryl Streep at the White House Project’s 2010 Epic Awards gala in New York, April 2010.
Meryl Streep delivering the 2010 commencement at Barnard College, May 2010.
Meryl Streep at the 40th AFI Life Achievement Awards in Culver City, June 2012.
Meryl Streep promoting The Iron Lady in London, November 2011.
Meryl Streep at the International Jury photo call during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, February 2016.
Meryl Streep at the American Film Institute’s 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton in Hollywood, June 2017.
Meryl Streep at the 2012 Made In NY Awards in New York, June 2012.
Meryl Streep at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, January 2010.
Meryl Streep at the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, January 2014.
Meryl Streep at the premiere of August: Osage County in Los Angeles, December 2013.
Meryl Streep at the 2015 Women in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party in Los Angeles, February 2015.
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 18: Meryl Streep attends 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Meryl Streep at the world premiere of Florence Foster Jenkins in London, April 2016.
Meryl Streep at a New York screening of India’s Daughter, March 2015.
Meryl Streep at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala in New York, February 2017.
Meryl Streep at the 70th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in London, February 2017.