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More 'Big Little Lies' on its way to TV

More 'Big Little Lies' on its way to TV

U.S. premium cablenet HBO has confirmed its order for a second season of hit series Big Little Lies, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. The drama will be conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, and will be directed by Academy award and three-time Cannes victor Andrea Arnold, who Kidman called a "visionary filmmaker".

Kidman and Witherspoon, who both served as executive producers, will reprise their roles. "I'm so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends", Kidman, who plays Celeste, said.

Reuters/Mario AnzuoniNicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon with the cast accept the award for Outstanding Limited Series to "Big Little Lies".

The cable network said the second series "will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting".

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"I'm thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists", said Witherspoon on season 2.

"Most of the cast is expected to return and negotiations are underway", HBO added in a statement. Auditions are also in full swing for four new characters in the series, which include Otter Bay Elementary School second-grade teacher Michael Perkins, Bonnie's (Zoe Kravitz) parents Elizabeth and Martin Howard, and a new employee in the school where Jane (Woodley) teaches.

Season 1 was met with a great deal of positive attention, but this news is especially exciting considering every episode of the first installment was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.