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Reese Witherspoon Will Make $1 Million Per Episode in Season 2 of Big Little Lies

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After months of rumors, Big Little Lies season two is officially happening. Here’s everything we know so far:

REESE WITHERSPOON AND NICOLE KIDMAN ARE COMING BACK.

HBO announced the news in December, and confirmed that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will return as both stars and executive producers of the series.


"I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists," Witherspoon said in a statement. "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.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Witherspoon and Kidman will each receive a significant salary bump, and will make "around $1 million an episode" for season two. Co-stars Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley will reportedly get raises as well.

SEASON TWO WILL HAVE A FEMALE DIRECTOR.

Andrea Arnold will direct all seven episodes of the new season. “I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm,” Witherspoon said. “ Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team."

THERE WILL BE SOME NEW FACES IN THE CAST.

At the Golden Globes, executive producer Jean-Marc Vallée shared information about an addition to the cast. "There’s a new character coming. Perry's mother, that’s all I can say,” Vallée told Entertainment Tonight.

Back in December, Vulture reported on four additional new characters in season two, including Bonnie's parents, a new teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School, and a new employee in the school's office. "Auditions are underway for four new characters and...production will occur between March and August," wrote the publication.

DON'T EXPECT IT TO PREMIERE UNTIL 2019 AT THE EARLIEST.

Vulture also confirmed part two of the series won't premiere until at least 2019. "It wouldn't be impossible to get on in 2018," HBO's president of programming, Casey Bloys, said.

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SOME PEOPLE ARE STILL HESITANT ABOUT CONTINUING THE STORY.

While the network is obviously keen to continue the success of a program that was both a fan favorite and an award-winner, there's a vocal group that believes season one of the show told the story of these troubled California women perfectly—continuing the series would only sully what made it so great in the first place.

But at the Television Critics Association press tour in July of 2017, Bloys reportedly said that he asked Moriarty to "take a crack at" continuing the Lies story. "I’ll be very curious to see what she comes up with," he said, per TV Line.

As for Vallée's earlier on-the-record comment that "There's no reason to make a season two," Bloys reportedly said, "Nicole and Reese can be very persuasive."

Apparently so.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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