After months of speculations, HBO confirmed that they are bringing back Big Little Lies. Although Big Little Lies was originally a seven-episode miniseries, after its huge success with both the critics and the audience, the network decided to renew the series for season two.
According to the reports, Andrea Arnold (Wasp) will replace Jean-Marc Vallée as a director for the upcoming season, with both Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman returning to reprise their roles. It is expected that the majority of the cast will also make a return.
“It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them,” said Witherspoon in a statement. “I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.”
“This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world … What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.” added Kidman.
Based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, Big Little Lies follows three women, Madeline, Celeste, and Jane (played by Witherspoon, Kidman and Shailene Woodley) as they get involved in a murder investigation. The series ended up receiving critical acclaim, being described as “bitingly funny and highly addictive”.
The new episodes of the show will be based on a story which was partially written by Liane Moriarty and will explore “malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting.” HBO promises that the second season explores a familiar territory while also “breaking new ground”.