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Big Little Lies gets second season, Andrea Arnold to direct

Big Little Lies

Story by Jack Foley

HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies is returning for a second season.

Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and David E. Kelley are re-teaming for another batch of episodes, with most of the rest of the cast of the Emmy winner expected to return.

Andrea Arnold, an Academy Award and three-time Cannes winner, is attached to direct, stepping in for Jean-Marc Vallée, who remains on board as a producer.

Kelley will write all seven scripts, which will be partially based on a story by Liane Moriarty, the author of the novel of the same name.

Announcing the show’s return in a statement, leading lady and co-producer Kidman said: “This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realised by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold.

“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.”

Witherspoon, who previously dropped out of Pale Blue Dot to free her schedule to shoot more Big Little Lies, also stated: “I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists. 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.”

Big Little Lies debuted on HBO in early 2017 and went on to win eight Emmy Awards at the 69th annual ceremony in September, including limited series or TV movie, and acting awards for Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard.