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Meryl in Monterey

Chris here. HBO sees your Big Little Lies season two skepticism and raises you a legend. There's no sense in holding out the news: Meryl Streep has joined Big Little Lies! A 21st Oscar nomination and major casting coup in the span of two days?! How's your week going?

The Andrea Arnold-directed season will feature Meryl donning her birth name as Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgård departed abusive husband Perry. Mary Louise comes to Monterey looking for answers after Perry's demise, so expect some fireworks between her and Nicole Kidman. Call it a The Hours reunion...

But not really because they shared no screen time in that masterpiece. We're already fantasy casting ways that the rest of The Hours actresses can show up naturally, as the show has big plans for casting its new characters.

This is obviously a huge get for the series and one that hints that its behemoth awards run is far from over as it will now compete in Drama categories. While the added generation provides an exciting layer of possibility for the show to examine its themes on female relationships and parental instincts, let's hope the actress (the center of a new TFE column by Matthew and John) doesn't pull too much from the central women that made Big Little Lies the television event of the past year.

But who are we kidding, our awards wheels are already spinning at the idea of HBO nabbing Meryl her fourth Emmy. There have been times we were skeptical of a BLL season two... but not today! Does Meryl help convince you on a second season?

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Can we get Goldie Hawn for Reese's mother.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Perfect. So many possibilities.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbrandz

Yes, and I hope they include Alex in flashbacks with his mother and Nicole, with some special gratuitous Alex nudity thrown in for viewers of course. He is too adorable to not return, even if it's only in flashback form. I already anticipate the fight and revelation scenes between Meryl and Nicole, with Reese throwing in her occasional shade or indecision flare ups when she does not know what to do (her work was some of her best on season one). One of the trades also said that The Nix, the Streep project with JJ Abrams, may have landed at Amazon. I think this is a smart move for Meryl to take a movie break until the 2020's, besides her already completed film projects (which are minor roles that will not garner her any nominations).

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJono

Arnold is going to be the most interesting director Meryl has worked with in YEARS. This is going to be fabulous.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterIndian Giver


January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDanny Crave

Meryl will be vying for her third (not second) Emmy as she previously won for both Angels in America and Holocaust.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBecausewhynot

To Writer(penned all seven scripts for season two)-Exec producer David E. KELLY. Please cast your wife Michelle Pfeiffer in this too.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJack for Streep

@becausewhynot Meryl will actually be going for her FOURTH Emmy after deservedly winning for narrating Five Came Back this past year.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

@kevin - yeah youโ€™re right. Forgot about that :)

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBecausewhynot

All these actresses directed by Arnold is a Dream.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

What a week for Streep fans! ...... but now I have to watch the first season.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Meryl on Little Big Lies is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Why not Michelle Pfeiffer though?

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

This should pretty much clinch Streepโ€™s presence on the 2018/19 awards circuit.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

When was the last time Meryl shared the screen with a genius? I have big hopes for this!

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLuiserghio

Luiserghio: She's in a movie with Tracy Letts right now.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

It was decided at CAA that Meryl would do TV and Michelle would do movies, at least for a bit.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHank

I'm so excited!

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

It's crazy how with each announcement this goes from being a "nooooo, why bother?" to a mother fucking EVENT that the gays are crying over. I'm in the same boat.

First Andrea Arnold.

Now MERYL STREEP. Andrea Arnold directing Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and MERYL STREEP.

Like, what's next? Julianne Moore as Nicole's sister? Michelle Pfeiffer thrown in here somehow??? I'm shook.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHolden

Very exciting...but where is Emma Thompson? I want more of her too.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermikey67


January 24, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbeyaccount

That is awesome. I can't wait!

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJJM

So Supporting Actress is wrapped up for next year...

Just keep the quality, ladies. And don't forget your Hot Husbands and Kids!

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Add Emma Thompson and I will be. 0:)

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSanty C.

Mamma Mia + Mary Poppins + Big Little Lie + Presidency?

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Yeah!! Because of Meryl, i have to watch the fist season now. (From A fan in Taiwan)

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam C.

Andrea Arnold -I can't think of anyone more different than Vallรฉe- and now Meryl Supernova are totally going to change the tone of this show. It might disappoint hardcore fans.

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

This sounds amazing.

Can they somehow fit in an August: Osage County-esque dinner scene (with better acting) featuring all the actresses? Meryl, Nicole, Zoe, Reese, Laura. Lawd.

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBee

This is a good piece of stunt casting.

I think everyone involved feels the pressure since the first season was so unassuming to begin with.

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBia

I like the idea of gathering The Hours cast together on BLL. Can you imagine Toni Collette in Monterrey? I can! Good God!

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMM in DC

@Bee - that would be amazing! If they could actually get all the actresses together in one (explosive) scene, it would be unforgettable.

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

Peggy Sue - Andrea Arnold actually utilizes a lot of the same methods that Vallee used i.e. natural lighting, no "blocking" of the camera, her use of music...even their editing styles exist within the same universe.

She's a great successor and if anything her view of this world will be a little more exhilarating and raw. And she gets to direct these women. Can't wait.

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMaison

Love this. I would love it if they explored Zoe Kravitz's character and backstory a bit more this season as her character was the least well served by the script first time around. Let's get Lisa Bonet signed up as her mom!

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRami

Lisa Bonet would be fun stunt casting but she's....not a very good actress.

Viola Davis! Or Halle Berry!

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMaison

Omg, this was the best news ever when I heard lol. Meryl on BLL omgggg

Rami -- I agree. I felt Zoe was given the least to do and it made me sad because eveyrone else had such fun stuff to work with, and I wanted to see what Zoe could do too!

Maison -- Omg, Halle Berry, yes. She would fit into that world very well.

January 26, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

Isabelle Huppert started to follow Kidman on Instagram.

That is a sign!!!!!๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

About casting choices: I hope season two is good like on and we have at least four seasons to have

Kate Winslet
Cate Blanchett
Marion Cotillard
Vanessa Redgrave
Emma Thompson
Julie Andrews
Angela Basset
Gong Li
Penelope Cruz
Cecilia Roth
Monica Beluchi
Sigourney Weaver
Michelle Pfeiffer


January 26, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Nicole Kidman vs. Meryl Streep (Wright v. Wright) directed by Andrea Arnold.


January 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMax

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