'Lies' author Moriarty to produce season 2

Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley are officially on board for Big Little Lies season 2.
Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley are officially on board for Big Little Lies season 2.

Australian author Liane Moriarty, whose international best-seller Big Little Lies was a smash hit on the small screen last year, winning multiple awards, will act as producer in HBO's second season.

Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz are officially on board for Season 2, HBO announced on Friday.

Woodley returns as Jane Chapman, with Dern coming back as Renata Klein, and Kravitz reprising the role of Bonnie Carlson.

The trio join previously announced returning cast members Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, with Meryl Streep also joining the second season as Perry's mother.

Woodley and Dern were both nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe award in the supporting actress category for their work on the show's first season, with Dern winning both awards.

HBO announced in December that Big Little Lies would return for a second season, with Kidman and Witherspoon again executive producing in addition to starring, and Moriarty serving as producer.

Season 1 was based on the novel of the same name by Moriarty, with Season 2 based partially on a new story by the author.

The tele-movie series premiered on HBO in early 2017 and went on to win eight Primetime Emmy Awards at the 69th annual ceremony in September, including best limited series or TV movie, and acting wins for Kidman, Dern, and Alexander Skarsgard.

Australian Associated Press