‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Premieres in June: Plus Cast Details and Plot Description

Big Little Lies Season 2 Cast
Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern in ‘Big Little Lies’ season 2 (Photo: Jennifer Clasen/HBO)

HBO will be launching the second season of the critically acclaimed dramatic series, Big Little Lies, in June 2019. While the network didn’t reveal the exact season two premiere date, HBO did release a list of actors and the characters they’re playing in the upcoming much-anticipated season.

Cast of season two characters:

    Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
    Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright
    Shailene Woodley as Jane
    Laura Dern as Renata Klein
    Zoë Kravitz as Bonnie Carlson
    Meryl Streep as Mary Louise Wright
    Adam Scott as Ed Mackenzie
    James Tupper as Nathan Carlson
    Jeffrey Nordling as Gordon Klein
    Douglas Smith as Corey Brockfield

The Families

    The Mackenzies: Madeline, Ed, Abigail (Kathryn Newton) and Chloe (Darby Camp)
    The Wrights: Celeste and the twins, Max and Josh (Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti)
    The Carlsons: Nathan, Bonnie and Skye (Chloe Coleman)
    The Kleins: Renata, Gordon and Amabella (Ivy George)
    The Chapmans: Jane and Ziggy (Iain Armitage)

Additional Supporting Characters:

    Robin Weigert as Dr. Amanda Reisman
    Crystal Fox as Elizabeth Howard
    Sarah Sokolovic as Tori Bachman
    P.J. Byrne as Principal Nippal
    Merrin Dungey as Detective Adrienne Quilnlan
    Mo McRae as Michael Perkins

Season two will consist of seven one-hour episodes directed by Andrea Arnold (Red Road, American Honey). Arnold also serves as an executive producer along with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, David E Kelly, Jean-Marc Vallée, Bruna Papandrea, Per Saari, Gregg Fienberg, and Nathan Ross. In addition, Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty is involved as an executive producer. David E. Kelley wrote the season two teleplays.

The first season earned 16 Emmy nominations, winning in eight categories. It also picked up four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Critics’ Choice Awards, and a Directors Guild Award.

The Plot:

On the surface, in the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, everything seems the same. The mothers continue to dote, the husbands support, the children remain adorable and the houses are just as beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the “Monterey Five” – Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Renata and Bonnie – bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.

The new season explores the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…and the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.