It's confirmed: Renata, Jane and Bonnie will return to the moneyed community of Monterey for season two of HBO's Big Little Lies, the limited series based on Liane Moriarty's novel of the same name that was so popular it's coming back (even though it ended, like, perfectly). Deadline reports that Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz will all be reprising their roles from season one, joining returning cast members (and co-producers who will be earning a full million apiece per episode) Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, as well as previously announced addition to the lineup Meryl Streep.
If you need a refresher of who everyone plays, Dern is the high-powered mother of biting victim Amabella, Woodley is the mother of Ziggy, who didn't bite Amabella and is the product of his mother's rape by Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), husband and batterer of Nicole Kidman (their son did the biting). Witherspoon's ex-husband is now with Kravitz, Kravitz pushed Perry down some stairs and he dies, and that's pretty much season one. Streep will play Perry's mother Mary Louise, who "arrives in Monterey searching for answers," per Deadline.
HBO's site reports that in season two, "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." As with season one, David E. Kelley will pen the scripts, from a story by Moriarty, and will again last seven episodes. Andrea Arnold will direct.
But the most important question remains unanswered: will Witherspoon's precociously hip DJ daughter return to choose an ironically fitting soundtrack for every scene?
Watch: Nicole Kidman Talks Big Little Lies