Over the weekend, after months of speculation, it was officially confirmed that HBO hit drama Big Little Lies would be returning for a second season.
Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are returning to both star in and produce the Emmy award-winning show and negotiations are currently underway to secure season 1's other stars, such as Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Laura Dern.
While the cast will (hopefully) remain the same, director Jean-Marc Vallée is reportedly leaving the series to be replaced by Andrea Arnold. The show's writer David E. Kelley is returning for season 2.
Liane Moriarty, who wrote the original novel Big Little Lies, is also involved with the second season, which is partially based on a story by the Australian author.
HBO said in a statement that season 2 would 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."
"This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world… 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,” Kidman said of season 2.
Witherspoon said that Season 2 "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.”