Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are already planning a follow-up to Big Little Lies

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By now we’re all obsessed with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman’s adaptation of crime drama Big Little Lies. But, with the series now over halfway through its seven-episode run, we’re already nervous about the glaring hole it’s going to leave in our television schedules when it ends.

Thankfully, we can now breathe a little easier, as we’ve learned that executive producers Witherspoon and Kidman have already picked up the rights to a second Liane Moriarty novel - her follow up, Truly Madly Guilty.

According to Variety, they acquired the rights through their respective production companies, Pacific Standard and Blossom Films, last summer - just weeks after the book’s release.

There’s no writer on board as yet, and no confirmation whether the pair will star. Indeed, it’s not even known whether it will be made into a movie or another TV series.

So what do we know?

Well, Truly Madly Guilty follows a seemingly ordinary couple named Sam and Clementine over one weekend, when a seemingly banal neighborhood barbecue changes everything.

"Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It's just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?" reads the synopsis.

If the new Moriarty adaptation can live up to its predecessor in terms of its portrayals of strong, relatable female characters, Witherspoon and Kidman will have a second runaway hit on their hands.

Big Little Lies has received rave reviews for its accurate portrayals, female-centric stories, and the anxieties they experience every day.

Witherspoon recently told Vogue: “When women write about this show, it’s really extraordinary how they relate to the truth. This is how women really speak to each other. There are a lot of dynamics where women are not telling each other the truth, and I think it’s deeply relatable.”

The show also stars Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern, making five distinctly different female leads, all of whom are equally intriguing.

“I’ve never gotten to work with actresses of this caliber, because we’re usually cordoned off and we’re the only women in movies. Usually you’re with a group of men and you’re the only girl,” Witherspoon said. 

“To have all these amazing women there and all these great men—and working with Jean-Marc [Vallée] directing was really just a dream, too.”

Images: Courtesy HBO