Meryl Streep has joined the cast of HBO series Big Little Lies – and the TV show’s stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman were the first to congratulate her.
The 68-year-old multiple-Oscar nomination actress – who received her 21st nod this week – will play the mother to Alexander Skarsgard’s abusive character Perry in the hotly-anticipated second season.
In a series of Instagram posts, Reese said she was ‘thrilled’ with the news, while Nicole said she couldn’t wait to welcome the acting veteran to the ‘family’.
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Welcome: Thrilled Big Little Lies actress Reese Witherspoon was one of the first to welcome acting veteran Meryl Streep to the family on Wednesday, following the news that she will join the cast
Instagram’s newest famous face, Nicole wrote: ‘Welcome to the #BigLittleLies family Ms. Streep – can’t wait xx’
While Reese said: ‘Beyond thrilled to have the one, the only, Meryl Streep joining the cast of #BLL for season 2. Get ready for more wine, secrets, and #BigLittleLies. Monterey better watch out!!!’
The duo both shared pictures with The Devil Wears Prada star, as they celebrated the future of BLL, which this month collected four of a possible six Golden Globe TV awards.
‘Can’t wait’: Nicole Kidman similarly shared her excitement for the newest castmember of season 2
Uh-oh: The 68-year-old actress will play the mother to Alexander Skarsgard’s abusive Perry. She comes to the Monterey, California area after her son’s passing to check on the kids he shares with Nicole Kidman ‘s Celeste
In BLL, Streep will play Mary Louise Wright who comes to Monterey,California area after her son’s passing to check on the kids her son shares with Celeste (Kidman).
Meryl is the first confirmed cast member for the series.
Kidman and Reese Witherspoon will return in their roles it has been claimed as well as Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley.
The scripts are based on a story by Liane Moriarty, author of the Big Little Lies book that the original mini was based on.
American Honey’s Andrea Arnold is set to direct all seven episodes.
This news comes after the acting vet received her 21st Oscar nomination for her turn in The Post.
Looking for an Emmy? Meryl has been cast in season two of the HBO series Big Little Lies
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Back story: Perry was a very twisted person, and it may be his mother who made him that way
He got raves: Skarsgard picked up several awards for his performance; here he is seen at the SAG awards
Streep is no stranger to HBO. She starred on the cable channel’s Angels In America in 2003.
But right now it’s all about the gold.
If the Yale graduate wins the Oscar, it will be her fourth Academy Award.
The star, who is the most nominated actress in Oscar history, said of her nod: ‘I’m honored beyond measure by this nom for a film I love, a film that stands in defense of press freedom & inclusion of women’s voices in the movement of history.’
Season one: Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon from the show
More from her: Laura Dern will also likely appear in season two
She will be competing against Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water, Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Margot Robbie for I, Tonya and Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird.
In The Post, Meryl stars as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham.
It’s set in 1971 and is about her decision to have faith in her editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and publish a classified dossier on the escalating American involvement in the Vietnam conflict.
Streep’s three Oscar victories came for her performances in Kramer vs. Kramer (supporting, 1979), Sophie’s Choice (lead, 1982) and The Iron Lady (lead, 2011).
Kudos for this: This news comes after the acting vet received her 21st Oscar nomination for her turn in The Post; with Tom Hanks
The people who have won three times include Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day Lewis.
No one comes near to getting 21 nominations.
Nicholson and Katharine Hepburn have 12 nods each.
The 90th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air live Sunday, March 4 on ABC.
She’ll be there: The 90th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air live Sunday, March 4 on ABC