Big Little Lies, HBO’s hit series starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz as a pack of beautiful, troubled mothers living in Monterey, California, is getting a new cast member, and we can’t stop guessing which Hollywood A-lister it’s going to be.
Executive producer Jean-Marc Vallée teased the cast addition in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight.“Well there’s a new character coming,” he revealed. “Perry’s mother, that’s all I can say.”
For those who need a refresh on the first season, Perry, played by Alexander Skarsgard, is Kidman’s abusive husband who meets a—spoiler alert!—untimely and dramatic death in the final episode.
When we first heard BLL was getting a new cast member, we were gearing up for a cameo by Witherspoon’s new BFF Eva Longoria or maybe Kidman’s longtime pal Naomi Watts, but if the actress is going to be playing Skarsgard’s mother, she’d have to be a few years older than the rest of the women. Such a star-studded cast (not to mention all those Golden Globe nominations and wins) means Big Little Lies can pull major Hollywood talent, so an appearance by the likes of Meryl Streep or Susan Sarandon wouldn’t be out of the question. After all, both women have worked alongside the current cast on the Time’s Up movement.
As Entertainment Tonight’s website notes, another potential choice might be Michelle Pfeiffer, whose husband David E. Kelley executive produces the series. But apparently, she’s already attempted to shut down rumors of an appearance on the show. “I don’t think so,” she told ET on the red carpet. “Nobody’s asked me.” According to W, Kelley also joked at the Golden Globes that his wife is “too expensive.”
The decision to produce a second season of the show has not been without controversy, as the first season stuck very closely to the book of the same name, which was written by Liane Moriarty, who also served as a producer. Fans have expressed concern that there’s nowhere else for the narrative to go, and that a second season will weaken the importance of the first.
“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists,” Witherspoon said in a statement released in December. “It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them.”
HBO is reportedly slated to begin production on season two this spring, which means we’ll (hopefully) get our answer on who this mysterious new cast member is sooner than later.