Nicole Kidman Just Shared a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Big Little Lies Season 2
Big Little Lies is officially returning for a second season. Here’s everything we know so far. Fair warning—spoilers ahead, if you haven't finished season 1. (What are you waiting for? Here's where to stream it.)
NICOLE KIDMAN HAS HINTED THAT SEASON TWO WILL BE OUT THIS SUMMER.
“It’s looking like June. I think June,” Kidman told Andy Cohen during CNN's New Year's Eve special, when he asked about the season's debut.
It had been previously reported that new episodes would air sometime in 2019. "It wouldn't be impossible to get on in 2018," HBO's president of programming, Casey Bloys, said.
Kidman also recently shared a new behind-the-scenes look at this season on her Facebook page:
WE FINALLY HAVE OUR FIRST FOOTAGE OF THE SEASON.
During the Golden Globes, HBO previewed season 2, revealing new footage of the upcoming episodes. In one clip, we see Renata, Jane, Madeline, Celeste, and Bonnie, all standing in a police lineup, still in their Audrey Hepburn costumes.
In another clip, Meryl Streep, who will play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard's character Perry Wright, next season, cryptically says, "I want to know what happened that night."
Watch the trailer here:
ALL THE WOMEN OF MONTEREY ARE COMING BACK.
In February of 2018, HBO confirmed that Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz had signed new contracts for season two.
Previously, HBO had announced that 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 Kravitz, Dern, and Woodley will reportedly get raises as well.
Deadline also reports that Kathryn Newton (who plays Abigail), Robin Weigert (who plays Celeste's therapist, Dr. Amanda Reisman), Merrin Dungey (who plays Detective Adrienne Quinlan), and Sarah Sokolovic (who plays Tori Bachman) will all be returning as well.
MERYL STREEP WILL PLAY PERRY WRIGHT'S MOTHER IN THIS SEASON.
HBO confirmed on Twitter that the legendary Meryl Streep has been cast in Big Little Lies season two, joining the "tribe of fierce #BigLittleLies women."
According to the Hollywood Reporter. Streep's character arrives in Monterey searching for answers after Perry's apparent death at the end of season one.
"She deeply loved her son … as much as any mother can love her son," Big Little Liesauthor Liane Moriarty told The Daily Telegraph about the role. "She had a slightly fraught relationship with her daughter-in-law, so it’s a very complicated, difficult time."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, stars of the show are thrilled that Streep is joining the cast.
"We didn't think we'd get her," Kidman told ET during a show at New York Fashion Week. "It really is her standing up and going, 'I support you as women, and I believe in you," Kidman said. “I think that's a big statement from her."
Kidman's co-star Laura Dern agrees. "It's amazing! When I tell anyone in my life that Meryl Streep is joining us, it's incredible!"
THERE WILL BE SOME OTHER NEW FACES IN THE CAST.
According to Deadline, Alienist star Douglas Smith will play Corey Brockfield, "an off-beat surfer, aspiring marine biologist and Jane's (Shailene Woodley) co-worker."
The publication also reports that Crystal Fox and Mo McRae have joined the cast in the roles of Elizabeth Howard and Michael Perkins, respectfully, and that actor Denis O’Hare will play Ira Farber.
The night of star Poorna Jagannathan will also be in season 2. According to Deadline, she will play a new character called Katie Richmond. At this point, it's unclear how she'll fit into the storyline.
Nicole Kidman also recently told Ellen that her kids appear in this season as extras. Listen to that conversation here:
ALEXANDER SKARSGARD MIGHT BE RETURNING TO THE SHOW.
Despite his character seemingly having died in the first season of Big Little Lies(sorry for the spoiler, but really you shouldn't be reading ahead about season two if you haven't finished season one), Alexander Skarsgard is reportedly returning to the series. Per TVline, Skarsgard is "expected to return in some capacity." HBO had previously confirmed that viewers will see "most" of the main characters again in season two.
This most likely means that we'll see Skarsgard play abusive rapist Perry in flashbacks, but speculate wildly with us for a moment.
Maybe he'll come back to haunt the women of Monterey. Or, perhaps, Big Little Liesseason two will add a convenient time-travel element, à la Outlander.
Or maybe he isn't dead after all. As Skarsgard said at the Golden Globes, “I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not. I feel okay right now but we’ll see."
He recently told Digital Spy that he has "read all the scripts" for season two. And that it's "very smart" and "very good."
He has also shared that he was on-set during filming, but can't disclose what he was doing there.
"I was on set, yes. I can’t disclose what I did on set,” Skarsgard said on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "Maybe, I was acting. I might have been just moral support. I might have just made coffee for the ladies. I might have helped Meryl Streep with her acting… Not help, but just give her little pointers, fine tune it a bit.”
Watch the full interview below:
ZOE KRAVITZ PROMISES THERE WILL BE "A LOT MORE OF BONNIE IN SEASON TWO."
"There is a lot more of Bonnie in season two," the actress said in an interview with Refinery 29. "It's kind of interesting the way it worked out. If there had only been one season, it would have been a bit of a bummer. It's interesting to have saved that for the second season, especially seeing what happens at the end of season one. Now [we're] revealing who she is, why she is the way she is, and why she did what she did. I don't think you will be disappointed."
She also told Rolling Stone, "They’re not using her to tell someone else’s story ... She has her own story."
SHAILENE WOODLEY ALSO SAYS THIS SEASON IS GOING TO BE 'VERY EMOTIONAL.'
"My character has a very different story line which is wonderful, but for many other people it goes deep," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's going to be very emotional but at the same time still be comedic and have those light moments, but it doesn't shy away from the dirty," she said.
FILMING HAS WRAPPED ON SEASON TWO.
Nicole Kidman posted a sweet Instagram to mark the occasion.
"That’s a wrap on Season 2 filming! What a beautiful journey this has been with my Monterey 5 sisters and our passionate dedicated crew," she wrote. "Thank you HBO for the amazing opportunity and thank you Andrea Arnold for being our fearless leader, and of course the one and only Meryl Streep for believing in us. I love you all. xx"
And Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern quickly followed suit.
The cast have been posting photos from set all summer long. Here are a few of our favorites.
In mid-August, Reese Witherspoon shared an adorable video from on-set with her body double, Marilee. Watch the clip below:
Here's the first picture of Meryl Streep on set:
And here's an amazing picture of Reese chucking an ice cream cone at Meryl while filming:
Photos of the whole incident surfaced on Twitter, where user @mattybooz wrote, "I am praying Reese pelts Meryl with that ice cream. #BigLittleLies." Witherspoon wrote back, "Oh Matt! No need to pray. I got her !"
Stars Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley have also all shared Instagrams from set. See more behind-the-scenes photos here.
SEASON TWO WILL HAVE A FEMALE DIRECTOR.
Andrea Arnold will direct all seven episodes of the new season. "We have an incredible new director who's British, Andrea Arnold, and it's really been a great experience to watch how she's taken what we all created in season one," Shailene Woodley said. "She has implemented her own creative vision, while maintaining the same tone and emotions, and that’s been such a delight and so lovely to work with."
Reese Witherspoon also praised Arnold. “I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm," she said. “Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team."
IT WILL CONTINUE WHERE SEASON ONE LEFT OFF.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Season two will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode … the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom."
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.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, writer David E. Kelley reveals that he initially thought a season two wasn't a great idea. "We wrote it as a one-off and we ended it in a way that was very lyrical. But we ended on a lie. I get so protective of characters and series, too, that I don't want to damage them in any way, and I so loved how we ended year one and I thought, 'Let's just leave it at that,' he reveals.
But then he was convinced by the character Meryl Streep is playing that a second season could work.
"Liane [Moriarty, author of the novel Big Little Lies] wrote a novella of [new] stories, and most of them we're using," he shared. But the genius one was introducing this character who's being played by Meryl Streep. It's a delicious character and I felt bringing her in was both liberating and daunting. "
HERE'S HOW TO WATCH BIG LITTLE LIES:
Season one is available to stream or buy on a number of sites, including HBO, Hulu, Amazon Video, and iTunes. Click here for more on how to re-watch season one and prepare for season two.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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