Stop Everything: Meryl Streep Is Joining The Cast of Big Little Lies
THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
With five of Hollywood’s most kick-ass actresses as its leading ladies, it seemed like Big Little Lies had reached peak television star power. Then the Emmy-winning show did something completely unexpected: they cast Meryl Streep in a starring role.
HBO has announced that the three-time Oscar winner (and 21-time Oscar nominee) will be joining the premium cable network’s drama series in season two. Streep will play Mary Louis Wright, the mother to the abusive Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard). Which means, you guessed it, SHE WILL PLAY NICOLE KIDMAN’S MOTHER-IN-LAW! Is there anything more we could ask for from our small screens?! (Actually, would it be to much to request Oprah be cast as Monterey’s mayor? We hear the role is open…)
According to Variety Streep will earn $800,000 an episode, which follows news that returning cast members will receive significant pay raises. Sources say that Witherspoon and Kidman will take home $1 million an episode, up from between $250,000 and $350,000 for season one.
The news of Streep’s casting is surprising–and unsurprisingly, we aren’t the only people freaking out. Here are a few of the best fan reactions on Twitter:
MERYL STREEP IN BIG LITTLE LIES SEASON 2 THIS IS NOT A DRILL pic.twitter.com/n5vBFkwC3w
— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) January 24, 2018
big little lies will take a rest in 2018 and then just added meryl streep in the cast for season 2 so everyone knows we gonna repeat that mantra in 2019 "BIG LITTLE LIES OWNS THE AWARD SEASON" i dont make the rules
— ? (@blutjeans) January 24, 2018
Meryl Streep is gonna play Nicole Kidman's mother in law in Big Little Lies OHMYGOD pic.twitter.com/uUDsEjS1ct
— dilara (@marioncotilards) January 24, 2018
Meryl Streep on Big Little Lies is everything the stay-at-home mom in me could've ever asked for.
— Blackie Onassis (@_jaysaidSO) January 24, 2018