It appears Meryl Streep has a much larger role in the second season of Big Little Lies than we originally thought. In fact, there may not have been another season if it weren’t for the Oscar Award–winning actress. Just let that sink in.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, BLL writer David E. Kelley revealed that he was initially against continuing the hit HBO show.
He said, “We wrote it as a one-off and we ended it in a way that was very lyrical. But we ended on a lie. I get so protective of characters and series, too, that I don’t want to damage them in any way, and I so loved how we ended year one and I thought, ‘Let’s just leave it at that.’” How could you?
However, that all changed when Streep showed interest in playing the role of Mary Louise, the late Perry Wright’s (Alexander Skarsgård) mother.
“It’s a delicious character,” Kelley continued. “And I felt bringing her in was both liberating and daunting. Daunting because she sets a high bar and you have to measure up, but liberating in that now the show’s not going to be compared to last year. There was freedom in that.”
We first learned of Streep’s involvement back in January. Although BLL author Liane Moriarty previously revealed that Nicole Kidman helped her recruit Streep for the series, it appears the actress’s involvement was meant to be.
Bless you, Meryl. Season two of Big Little Lies is expected to premiere sometime in 2019.