Not too long ago, most ‘movie’ actors wouldn’t touch television. The general consensus has been that film is more prestigious than TV, be it for whatever reason– time, audience, money. Over the past couple of years, however, the landscape of television and film has changed. With critically-acclaimed shows airing on networks like HBO and Showtime, and the impeccable quality of shows on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu (many of which feel more like long movies than eight-episode series), it isn’t rare to see a big-name movie star flock to the small screen.
That trend is clearly continuing, as seen by the fact that Meryl Streep is joining the season 2 cast of Big Little Lies. The bombshell announcement was dropped Wednesday and has left many Streep (and BLL) fans speechless.
Read on to find out everything we know about Meryl Streep on Season 2 of Big Little Lies.
*Note: this post will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
1. She Will Play Alexander Skarsgård’s Mother
Streep will play the role of Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard’s character, Perry Wright.
Following her son’s death, Mary Louise will make her way to Monterey to help take care of her grandchildren.
2. The Last Time Streep Appeared in a TV Series Was 2012
According to her IMDB, Meryl’s last TV credit was the TV series Web Therapy in 2012, which included many guest appearances by a slew of celebrities like Lisa Kudrow, Lily Tomlin, Alan Cumming, Rashida Jones, David Schwimmer, Billy Crystal, Steve Carrell, Rosie O’Donnell, Dax Shepard, and Selma Blair, among others.
3. Sources Reportedly Tell ‘Variety’ She Will Make About $800,000 per Episode
The specific amount that Streep will make on each episode is unknown at this time, however sources have reportedly told Variety it is in the ballpark of $800,000 per episode.
4. Her Latest Film ‘Marry Poppins Returns’ Is Currently in Post-Production
Meryl Streep’s role in Marry Poppins Returns has been somewhat of a mystery. According to EW, she will play Topsy, a cousin of Mary Poppins who “receives a visit from the nanny (Emily Blunt) and the Banks children during their adventurous lessons.”
The film marks Streep’s first time reuniting with doctor Rob Marshall since she worked with him on Into The Woods.
5. More New Cast Members Will Be Added in Coming Weeks
While news of Streep’s casting is particularly exciting, we still have yet to hear the rest of the actors who will be rounding out the season 2 cast.
So far, we know that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman and returning. As season 1 wholly encompassed the plot of the book, season 2 will be based on a fictional story written once again by Liane Moriarty.
This season, Andrea Arnold will be directing all seven episodes of the series. She takes the position of Jean-Marc Valee, who will be staying on as executive producer.
What new characters can we expect, in addition to Streep’s? Four new characters will be added to the season. Vulture obtained casting notices for those four characters, and reports them as being: Michael Perkins, a second-grade teacher at Otter Bay Elementary who “wants to cultivate global and social consciousness in his young students”; a new school administration employee who befriends Jane; and Bonnie’s parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard.