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Stop Everything: Meryl Streep Is Joining The Cast of Big Little Lies


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: