Apparently unsatisfied with the opulent yacht-load of statues and nominations the show brought home for its widely celebrated first season, Variety is reporting that HBO has enticed human-award-show-catnip Meryl Streep to join the cast of Big Little Lies. Streep will play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Nicole Kidman’s Celeste, who decides to stop by Monterey to check up on her daughter in the aftermath of the first season’s murderous finale.
It’s been a few years since Dame Meryl went for a small-screen project; outside a few appearances on Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy, her last regular TV role was on HBO’s Angels In America, in 2003. Her addition to Big Little Lies solidifies a roster of talent that already includes some of the biggest acting names in Hollywood, including Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Laura Dern. Meanwhile, we can’t imagine this high-profile addition won’t further incense all the other miniseries and limited series producers forced to compete for trophies with BLL—despite the sudden announcement that it was being extended for a second season—and who will now also have to contend with the presence of Meryl Fucking Streep, wrecking shop on their hopes and dreams.