After months of rumors, Big Little Lies season two is officially happening.
HBO , and confirmed that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will return as both stars and executive producers of the series. Director Andrea Arnold will helm all seven episodes of the new season, and negotiations are in the works with other cast members, who in season one included Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, and Laura Dern, among others.
"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. 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."
In November, sources confirmed to TV Line that production on the follow-up to the binge-worthy hit will start in spring of 2018. According to Vulture, "auditions are underway for four new characters and that production will occur between March and August." The site is also reporting that these new characters will include Bonnie's parents, a new teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School, and a new employee in the school's office.
While the network is obviously keen to continue the success of a program that was both a fan favorite and an Emmy 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, Casey Bloys, HBO's programming president, 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, perTV Line.
As for executive producer and director Jean-Marc Vallée's earlier on-the-record comment that "There's no reason to make a season 2," Bloys reportedly said, "Nicole and Reese can be very persuasive."
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