Meryl Streep Joined Big Little Lies Season 2 Without Reading The Script

When offered the role of Mary Louise Wright in Big Little Lies season 2, Meryl Streep immediately accepted it without reading the script.

Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep in Big Little Lies

It turns out that it didn't take much convincing to bring Meryl Streep on board for Big Little Lies season 2. The show was created and written by David E. Kelley, who adapted the series from Liane Moriarty's novel of the same name. Its first season released in 2017 and was centered on a group of women living in Monterey, California. However, the overarching plot of the show was focused on a murder mystery, following a mysterious death at an elementary school's nighttime event. Along the way, viewers were introduced to five very different women living very different lives. But when their paths converge on their kids' first day of school, those big little lies that the show boasts in its title begin to surface. It became an instant hit on HBO, and fans were craving more.

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Even if this season is just as successful as its predecessor, it's unlikely the series will be getting a third. The show's executive producer has shared his lack of confidence in the fact that there may not be more stories to tell in the lives of Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Bonnie, and Renata. As disappointing as that may seem, fans of the show are in for quite the treat as the original cast has all returned with the addition of another incredibly famous face, Meryl Streep.

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In an interview with THR, Streep gushed about the series and her excitement for it. Turns out, Streep didn't need any convincing before signing on. She explained that her agent said, "There's a part they wrote for you in mind because they called her Mary Louise," which happens to be Meryl's legal name. She immediately responded saying, "Yeah, I'll do it," and when her agent asked if she wanted to read it, she said, "No." She went on to explain that the show was the, "greatest thing on TV." But it was Big Little Lies' author, Liane Moriarty, who could hardly contain her excitement about bringing Streep on board. The writer, who originally wasn't interested in writing a second season, wrote the role specifically for Streep, exclaiming that once she brought this new character in, "the storylines just emerged."

Big Little Lies season 2 with Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman

Big Little Lies season 2 will continue on from the events of the first season, following the newly labeled Monterey Five as they struggle to keep their biggest lie a secret. Streep's character will be playing the mother of Celeste's now-deceased husband, Perry. Her character is destined to be one to stir the pot amongst the series' leading ladies as she tries to uncover the unbearable truth surrounding her son's death.

Big Little Lies will have a high bar to clear for their second season, but it's already gearing up to be something incredible. Streep's addition is just another strong casting choice in an already unbelievable line-up. With Kelley returning to script the series, and American Honey director Andrea Arnold taking the helm for its seven-episode run, it's guaranteed to be keen viewing for HBO subscribers that might be looking to fill the Game of Thrones-sized hole in their hearts.

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Big Little Lies season 2 premieres Sunday, June 9 on HBO.

Source: THR

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