Meryl Streep joins the 'Big Little Lies' cast

Meryl Streep

When HBO officially announced last month that it was moving forward with a second season of Big Little Lies, the cabler noted that "most" of the main characters are expected to accompany Nicole Kidman's Celeste and Reese Witherspoon's Madeline back to Monterey.

This exciting casting news comes just one day after Meryl was nominated for yet another Academy Award, for her role in Steven Spielberg's political thriller, The Post.

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Kidman, who recently snapped up a Screen Actors Guild Award for playing abused mother Celeste Wright in season one, is expected to earn around $1 million per episode according to The Hollywood Reporter. With the nomination, Streep broke her own record for the most Oscar acting nominations, bringing her total number of nods to 21.

Varietyreports that Streep will portray the character of Mary Louise Wright - the mother of Alexander Skarsgard's Perry Wright.

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Based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies became one of HBO's biggest hits a year ago, and as evidence by its cleaning up a various award ceremonies (Kidman and Skarsgård both walked away with Screen Actors Guild Awards this past Sunday) it is the kind of victor the network is keen to not only see return, but also grow into something equally buzzworthy and award friendly. The rest of the cast are still negotiating deals.

Are you as excited as we are for Meryl to join Big Little Lies? . The first season left off where Liane Moriarty's novel of the same name (on which the show is based) ended, so the second season will be entirely based on a new story.

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Both Kidman and Witherspoon will again executive produce in addition to starring, and Skarsgård is rumoured to return in some capacity. Meanwhile, Jean-Marc Vallée is passing the directing baton to Andrea Arnold, although Vallée will stay on as an exec producer.

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