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Meryl Streep to star in Big Little Lies second season

Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia: The Movie

Story by Jack Foley

MERYL Streep is to join the cast of HBO’s award-winning Big Little Lies for its second season.

The Oscar-winning actress, who secured her record-breaking 21st Academy Award nomination for her role in The Post earlier this week, will line up alongside Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern.

Streep will play the mother of Alexander Skarsgård’s character, who is described as a woman arriving in the town of Monterey looking for answers about what happened to her son.

Although exact plot details remain vague for the second season, HBO has stated that the story will revolve around ‘the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting’.

Streep’s casting will make her the mother-in-law of Kidman’s character, which marks the first on-screen union between the pair since The Hours – although they were never on screen together.

The second season will be directed by Andrea Arnold, whose credits include Red Road, Fish Tank and American Honey.

The first season was helmed by Jean-Marc Vallée, whose latest HBO series, Sharp Objects, will premiere this year, starring Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson.

The first season of Big Little Lies has picked up multiple awards, including Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG awards. The second season is expected to premiere in 2019.

Big Little Lies marks Streep’s second TV role to be announced recently, given that she is also attached to JJ Abrams’s The Nix, which is based on the novel by Nathan Hill.

On the big screen, she will also be seen in the Mamma Mia sequel this summer and will also star alongside Emily Blunt in this year’s sequel Mary Poppins Returns.