Per HBO, the subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. It turns out, her friend Nicole Kidman had something to do with it.
The news of Streep's casting has been hailed by the show's female leads.
The triple Oscar victor will star opposite Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in the second edition of a show that won plaudits for tackling domestic violence at a time when USA society is increasingly focused on its treatment of women.
Streep will portray Mary Louis Wright, the mother to Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), who was killed at the end of the original season. She starred on the cable channel's Angels In America in 2003. It's worth noting that the police are still suspicious of Celeste given Perry's "accident" on the elementary school stairs, and given the implication of Perry passing down abusive tendencies to his son, who became the bully of his first grade class after observing dad, it is not unimaginable to wonder if Perry's parents, including Streep's character, have their own history with domestic violence.More news: Look out for rare 'super blood blue moon' visible on Jan. 31
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The news comes on the heels of Streep receiving an Oscar nomination for her leading role in filmmaker Steven Spielberg's The Post.
If the Yale graduate wins the Oscar, it will be her fourth Academy Award. Streep is repped by CAA.
While Reese said: 'Beyond thrilled to have the one, the only, Meryl Streep joining the cast of #BLL for season 2.
Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed all of Season 1, will also executive produce along with Kelley, Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Witherspoon through Hello Sunshine, Bruna Papandrea, Nathan Ross, Gregg Fienberg and Arnold.