The women who ran the social proceedings and murderous drama of Otter Bay Elementary are back. After an explosive ending to season one whereby Nicole Kidman’s character’s husband (played by Alexander Skarsgard) was spectacularly killed off, we now know Meryl Streep is coming to Monterey, California to play his mourning mother. So what drama will author Liane Moriarty conjure up for us?
While the script is under lock and key, we suspect Streep’s Mary Louise Wright will go up against Kidman’s Celeste and surely will earn the series another set of award-season wins. (Like Streep’s scenes with Tom Hanks in her latest film The Post, this editor is prematurely touting Streep’s scenes with Kidman to be some of the most compelling on television). While we wait with bated breath for more clues (Kidman isn’t the most frequent uploader on Instagram), we’re looking to producer and star Reese Witherspoon and cast members Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz and Shailene Woodley for answers to a plotline that we can’t even read in good bookshops yet. First clue: The two alphas, Madeline and Renata, are sitting at the quaint Seaside Coffee Shop. Will the events of last season usher a new wave of friendliness amongst the women?
Kidman picked up multiple awards for her role as Celeste; a woman strewn between wealthy lawyer mother and a wife who is beaten up by her husband frequently. Accepting a SAG award for the Most Outstanding Performance By A Female In A TV Movie Or Limited Series, the 51-year-old Australian actress talked about the importance of the presence of a character like Celeste. “At this stage in my life…and this time in this industry, when things are going on, and for this role… I’m incredibly grateful,” she said through tears. “I want to thank you all for your trailblazing performances you’ve given over your career and how wonderful it is that our careers can go beyond 40 years old because 20 years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives. We’ve proven — and these actresses and so many more have proven — we are potent and powerful and viable.”
“I just beg that the industry stays behind us because our stories are finally being told,” she continued. “It’s only the beginning.” And that it is indeed.