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'Big Little Lies': Emmy-winning drama to return to screens this summer

We also get our first glimpse at new cast member, Meryl Streep, in a just-released teaser

Meryl Streep will star in the new season of 'Big Little Lies'. YouTube / HBO
Meryl Streep will star in the new season of 'Big Little Lies'. YouTube / HBO

The first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones wasn't the only trick HBO had up its proverbial sleeve on Sunday night.

The TV network also dropped a new trailer for Big Little Lies, its Emmy-award-winning drama starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, which is returning to screens this year for a much-anticipated second season.

The one-minute teaser showed Kidman and Witherspoon – who are also co-producers of the series, based on author Liane Moriarty's book of the same name – as well as returning co-stars Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern.

The American drama, which also has Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards to its name, is set in the Californian city of Monterey, with the first season focused around a group of women who become embroiled in a murder investigation.

For series two – which consists of seven episodes – Oscar winner Meryl Streep joins the cast, and makes a cameo in the new trailer. The Devil Wears Prada star Streep plays Mary Louise Wright, the mother-in-law of Kidman's character, Celeste Wright, as the central characters move on from the aftermath of the previous season's plot-twisting finale.

"We're kidding ourselves if we think people are going to stop talking," says Kidman in the teaser, suggesting rumours are running rife across the town concerning the group's implication in season one's death.

"It's gonna get us, it's gonna get us all ... the lie," Kravitz later adds, during the tense 60-second clip.

Season two of Big Little Lies will premiere on HBO on June 9, the trailer adds - and fans can expect this to be the last series of the gripping drama.

Kidman revealed at a panel in February there are currently no plans for a third season, saying: "This was a long shoot for us and an enormous amount of work."

"I will say not to compare it to the first one because artistically it's a wonderful thing and it is its own entity. It was made with an enormous amount of love."

Updated: April 15, 2019 03:33 PM