According to Big Little Lies star Nicole Kidman, the HBO series will return for Season 2 in June. For the initial 7-episode Season 1, Big Little Lies earned 16 Emmy Award nominations and eight wins, most notably for Outstanding Limited Series.
Created by David E. Kelly, Big Little Lies is an adaption of Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel. In the HBO version, Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley portray the central female protagonists, all of whom struggle with relationship issues and power dynamics in Monterey, California. While the series is framed as a murder mystery, it’s mostly an ensemble character study about how individuals react to trauma and abuse. Big Littles Lies’ first season was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who previously helmed the feature films Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Wild (2014), and Demolition (2015). Vallée also directed all eight episodes of HBO’s 2018 miniseries Sharp Objects, an adaption of Gillian Flynn’s 2006 debut novel. Big Little Lies began filming Season 2 last March, shortly after 31-time Golden Globe nominee Meryl Streep was announced as new cast member.
Per The Wrap, Kidman recently broke the news about Big Little Lies Season 2 premiere. On New Year’s Eve, the Australian actress appeared with husband Keith Urban on CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.” When questioned about the upcoming season premiere date, Kidman stated “June, I think. We’re looking at June.” On the HBO series -- which was originally intended to be a stand-alone miniseries -- Kidman plays Celeste Wright, the wife of Alexander Skarsgård’s Perry Wright. For her performance, Kidman won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film.
Though Big Little Lies’ second season will certainly be a primetime event from week to week, it will be preceded by the eighth and final season of HBO’s acclaimed fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Last month, the Season 8 trailer was released, thus setting a new wave of momentum for HBO. As for Big Little Lies, the entire cast is reportedly set to return as the series picks up a new narrative after concluding the book’s original storyline with Season 1. For Season 2, Streep will portray Kidman’s mother-in-law, marking her first return to television since appearing in HBO’s 2003 miniseries Angels in America. Throughout her acclaimed feature film career, Streep has earned a record 21 Academy Award nominations, winning for performances in Kramer vs. Kramer (1980), Sophie’s Choice (1983), and The Iron Lady (2012).
With the return of both Big Little Lies and Game of Thrones, HBO is primed for a huge 2019.
Source: The Wrap