Meryl Streep has officially joined the cast of HBO’s Big Little Lies season 2 starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman and we just can’t. Yes, our gay heads have exploded and we’re having trouble typing this because our unicorn guts are smeared all over our computers.
Streep will play Mary Louise Wright, the mother to the abusive Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard), who (spoiler alert!) was revealed to have been the one who died during the Emmy-winning first season of the David E. Kelley drama based on the Liane Moriarty novel. (Skarsgard is said to be returning in some capacity for season two.)
Thus far, only Streep, Witherspoon and Kidman are confirmed to return as deals with the remainder of the cast are still being worked out. Sources note that the stars earned major salary bumps after Witherspoon’s sizable payday to star in and exec produce a morning show drama for Apple.
The fact that Meryl Streep is joining the cast at all is epic. But, the fact that she is going to be playing the role of the fallen villian’s mother is also obscene. This totally takes season 2 into a whole other direction we didn’t even think possible.
The first season of Big Little Lies won numerous accolades. It received 16 Emmy Award nominations with eight wins, including Outstanding Limited Series. Director Jean-Marc Vallée and actors Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård and Laura Dern won awards in their individual categories.
At the Golden Globes, Nicole Kidman walked away with the award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film, and the series won Best Miniseries or Television Film, too. Alexander Skarsgård and Laura Dern also won in their categories,.
We actually asked a bunch of our favorite queer comedians what their favorite part of 2017 was, and they all had something to say about Big Little Lies.