While many were unsure whether or not Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman's Emmy Award–winning miniseries Big Little Lies would return to HBO, the show has officially been greenlit for a second season. Now the speculation as to what will happen next in beach city of Monterey can begin, and it seems the showrunners are making some changes that could seriously affect the future of the series based on Liane Moriarty's book. Andrea Arnold, the storyteller behind the indie drama American Honey is set to direct the next chapter of Big Little Lies, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"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," says Kidman. Another female powerhouse, Arnold joins the team to help tell the complicated and multifaceted stories of the cast you became enamored with last year. She replaces director Jean-Marc Vallée who won an Emmy for his work on Season 1.
Although Arnold marks another woman working on the female-driven project, THR indicates that David E. Kelley will stay on as a screenwriter and that he's already written all seven scripts for Season 2. You can expect the next chapter to include themes about the "malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage, and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting," according to HBO.
With Season 2 on the horizon and a talented female director at the helm, you can expect it to be just as captivating and thought-provoking as the first. "Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode… the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom," according to HBO.
Up next: Read up on why creating Big Little Lies was so important to Witherspoon and Kidman.