Meryl Streep Just Joined The Second Season Of BIG LITTLE LIES

Wow. What a coup.

Good news for fans of HBO's Big Little Lies (and good news for everyone else associated with the show, for that matter): Meryl Streep, fresh off her 7,000th Oscar nomination for Steven Spielberg's The Post, will join the show's second season.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, and offers the following description of Streep's character (be forewarned: the following contains a massive spoiler for Big Little Lies' first season):

"Streep will play Mary Louise Wright, the mother to the abusive Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard), who...was revealed to have been the one who died during the Emmy-winning first season of the David E. Kelley drama based on the Liane Moriarty novel. (Skarsgard is said to be returning in some capacity for season two.) 

Streep's Mary Louise Wright is described as a woman who is concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry's death. She arrives in Monterey searching for answers."

This isn't Streep's first time appearing on an HBO series: you'll recall that she won an Emmy over a decade ago for her work on the network's Angels In America. As for season two of Big Little Lies, THR assures us that each of the season's seven episodes will be written by David E. Kelly and partially based on a story from original author Liane Moriarty. The network describes season two as dealing with the "malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting." 

Yup, we're in. Stay tuned for more on Big Little Lies' second season as further updates become available.