AceShowbiz - It's happening, guys! HBO's critically-acclaimed series "Big Little Lies" will officially return for a sophomore season as the not-so-limited series has been renewed for a second season on the network.
Stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have been confirmed to return for the new season, reuniting with creator David E. Kelley. Kelley will also once again write and produce the new season of the Emmy-winning dark comedy, which is based on the novel by producer Liane Moriarty.
However, there will be a change in terms of who will serve behind the lens. Jean-Marc Vallee, who helmed all seven episodes of the first season, won't reprise her directorial role. Andrea Arnold ("Transparent", "American Honey") has been tapped to take over the directing reins from Vallee.
"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 says in a statement of the series' return.
"David Kelley wrote beautiful scripts and Reese and Nicole were, once again, a force to be reckoned with, reuniting the cast and recruiting the talented Andrea Arnold to direct," HBO programming president Casey Bloys shares.
"I'm thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists," Witherspoon adds. "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."
The "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" actress also takes to her Instagram account to share the exciting news. Sharing a video of her character Madeline alongside Kidman's Celeste and Shailene Woodley's Jane, Witherspoon writes in the caption, "The ladies of Monterey are back! #BigLittleLies #Season2."
So far it's only Witherspoon and Kidman who have been confirmed to reprise their roles in the upcoming season 2. But HBO asserts that most of the cast, which includes Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, Adam Scott and Alexander Skarsgard, are expected to return, adding that negotiations are currently underway.
Debuting on April 2, "Big Little Lies" followed the tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, California, which was told through the eyes of three doting moms--Madeline, Celeste and Jane. In addition to taking home Emmy's Outstanding Limited Series award, the series earned Kidman an award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series.