‘Big Little Lies’: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, David E. Kelley to return for season 2

Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and David E. Kelley are re-teaming for another installment of HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies.”

“This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realized by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold,” Kidman said in a statement. “What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”

Kidman and Witherspoon are set to star and executive produce with most of the rest of the cast of the Emmy winner expecting to return.

“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists,” said Witherspoon, who previously dropped out of “Pale Blue Dot” to free her schedule to shoot more “Big Little Lies.” “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. I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.”

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Big Little Lies cast at Emmy Awards 2017
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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Reese Witherspoon attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Reese Witherspoon attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Zoe Kravitz attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Zoe Kravitz attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Zoe Kravitz attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Shailene Woodley attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Shailene Woodley attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Shailene Woodley attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Shailene Woodley attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Nicole Kidman attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Laura Dern attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Laura Dern attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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The return of “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,” per HBO. The premium cabler also promises “relationship will fray, loyalties will erode [and] the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”

Kelley will write all seven scripts, which will be partially based on a story by Liane Moriarty, the author of the novel of the same name. Kelley will also executive produce, along with Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Witherspoon through Hello Sunshine, Bruna Papandrea, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross, Gregg Fienberg and Andrea Arnold.

Moriarty is also a producer, and Arnold is also attached to direct.

“Big Little Lies” premiered on HBO in early 2017 and went on to win eight Primetime Emmy Awards at the 69th annual ceremony in Sept. of the same year, including limited series or tv movie, limited series or tv movie lead actress for Kidman, limited series or tv movie supporting actor (for Alexander Skarsgard), limited series or tv movie supporting actress (for Laura Dern), limited series or tv movie directing (for Jean-Marc Vallee), contemporary costumes (for Alix Friedberg) and music supervision (for Sue Jacobs).

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Holiday gift guide inspired by the moms of 'Big Little Lies'
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The 'Big Little Lies' ladies love their wine -- but simply handing over a bottle for the holidays sometimes feels impersonal. To enhance the standard holiday wine exchange, add classy accessories like RBT's gold waiter's corkscrew ($50) and hexagon coasters ($40). (Credit: HBO)
Few of us can look as fit as Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz), but trendy workout clothes can make all the difference. A slashback crop top and leggings from Outdoor Voices ($60 - $95) allows a cool mom to get her stretch on. (Credit: HBO)

Reese Witherspoon's Madeline Martha Mackenzie often pairs a red lip with this coordinating peacoat. A slight flare dresses up the style, and if you're not wedded to the dark buttons, this Laundry by Shelli Segal red peacoat has a similar shape ($150). For a pricer but preppier version, J. Crew makes a wool blend peacoat ($278) that will keep you warm in the chillier months. (Credit: HBO)

For parents who love the beauty of nature -- and prefer to drink "clean" -- the ideal alcoholic beverage may be Botanist gin, made from distilled ingredients "hand-picked locally and sustainably" from the Scottish island of Islay. (Credit: HBO)

In a sea of dark workout clothes, Celeste stands out in this light blue puffer vest as she and her friends (frenemies?) jog along the California cost. Lands' End sells a near-identical vest ($109) -- and it even comes in Tall for ladies as lengthy as Nicole Kidman. (Credit: HBO)
The moms of Monterrey occasionally have to dress up for big nights out -- like that fateful masquerade party -- but with young kids running around at home, they don't have much time to get ready. An easy-to-use makeup kit from Trestique, like the Shimmering Nudes holiday set ($38), will get any mom gorgeous without taking up much time. (Credit: HBO)
For the trendy California mom and dad, a genderless ring ups the style in an everyday ensemble. This silver signet ring by AWE would get approval from Bonnie and James as either of them could rock it -- and when you purchase, a portion of the proceeds go to a charity of your choice. (Credit: HBO)
Since the aesthetic of a Monterrey home is cool but elegant, your everyday scented candle is a bit elementary. For a playful but modern alternative, try this trendy but low-key candle from from The 125 Collection ($35) -- both scent options are excellent.
Whether your go-to look is smooth and straight, tied up in a bun or coiffed via blowout, the right hair product makes all the difference -- especially on windy coastlines like Monterrey. An anti-frizz smoothing serum from MARAJÓ ($38) will keep flyaways at bay.

Moms who are constantly keeping up with kids can always use a few products that make their lives easier. One of those is MunchPak, a snack delivery service that ships boxes of goodies Monday through Friday, saving you precious grocery store time. 

Red lips and simple, no-fuss earrings elevate a casual outfit -- and Madeline is all about looking effortlessly better than all her peers. These Tory Burch imitation pearl studs ($88) fit the bill perfectly. (Credit: HBO)
Any well-dressed couple knows the right watch can make or break an outfit. And while Perry and Celeste's relationship certainly had its deep issues, it did look quite good from the outside! We think they'd both find the perfect sophisticated-but-cool watches from SKAGEN, which offers male and female options. We especially love the leather hybrid smartwatches ($175). (Credit: HBO)
As complicated mom of two Celeste, Nicole Kidman hides her secrets behind glamorous but subdued cat-eye sunglasses. Zappos offers free two-day delivery on a similar pair by Perverse ($40). (Credit: HBO)
A state-of-the-art home requires equally modern, 21st-century decor. Instead of setting out traditional photo frames, a custom photo book can be a sleeker way to share family photos. If you're looking for a pop of color, Chatbooks offers Kate Spade-designed options. (Credit: HBO)
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