Spoilers ahead for Season 1 of Big Little Lies.
Over the past few years, it's become clear that we're in the midst of a television renaissance. Between network TV, streaming services, and cable there is a wealth of great content being produced, inspiring film stars to transition over to the small screen. HBO in particular has been booking A-listers for shows like Westworld and Big Little Lies. The latter cleaned house at the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards this year, and was promptly renewed for a second season. All of the starring cast members, including Alexander Skarsgard, will be returning for the sophomore outing of the acclaimed series. Now Big Little Lies has booked basically the biggest movie star of them all, Meryl Streep.
Do you hear that? It's the sound of cinephiles everywhere cheering. Meryl Streep is joining Big Little Lies for its second season on HBO, and has an especially intriguing role. Streep will play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard's late character Perry. She no doubt arrives at Monterey in the wake of her son's untimely heath, and THR's report teases that Mary Louise will be especially concerned for her grandchildren, the twins.
Booking Meryl Streep for a role shows how seriously HBO and the folks at Big Little Lies are taking its second run on the small screen. While Season 1 was written and directed as a limited series, the show's sophomore run can play with a much larger scope. There are likely going to be a variety of other newcomers, and it's clear the new series can get massive talent on board.
Narratively, it seems like Perry's death at the Season 1 finale will very much be at the forefront of Season 2. So while the entirety of the show's first season was a build up to the event, fans will get to see the fallout of Perry's death. While the gorgeous finale montage saw the women sharing time together with their kids on the beach, the pressure of their lie will no doubt weigh on them. And with Meryl Streep entering as Perry's mother, Celeste and the other ladies aren't going to be able to block out their shared trauma.
Big Little Lies is Meryl Streep's second TV series with HBO. She famously starred in the Angels in America miniseries from 2003, based off of the acclaimed play of the same name. Streep played a ton of characters in the series, each with a specific dialect and and physical appearance. Streep's performance won her an Emmy Award, and Big Little Lies seems like the right project to win her another.