Emmy-winning series BIG LITTLE LIES has had a slew of casting announcements recently, but they’ve largely been announcing the returns of season one stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz. The biggest new name to join the series is Oscar-winner Meryl Streep and now we have another new name to add to the cast with The Alienist‘s Douglas Smith.
Smith has been cast as Corey Brockfield, an off-beat surfer, aspiring marine biologist, and Jane’s (Woodley) co-worker.
According to HBO, season two will continue to explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage, and of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode, and the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.
All seven scripts will be penned by David E. Kelley based on the story by Liane Moriarty. Kelley will executive produce alongside Kidman and Per Saari of Blossom Films, Witherspoon through Hello Sunshine, Bruna Papandrea, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross, Gregg Fienberg, and Andrea Arnold. Moriarty will produce and Arnold is attached to direct the entire season.
The casting is a reunion for Douglas with HBO as he previously starred opposite Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, and Ginnifer Goodwin in Big Love. He currently can be seen in TNT’s The Alienist as Det. Sgt. Marcus Isaacson. Smith is represented by Paradigm and More/Medavoy Management.
Emily J | Managing Editor