The first look at Meryl Streep in Big Little Lies is here 2 years ago

The first look at Meryl Streep in Big Little Lies is here

Thanks to Nicole Kidman.

Ever since it began filming, fans have eagerly been awaiting some details about Big Little Lies' second season.

Which is why it's no wonder that everyone was sent into a frenzy this week with Nicole Kidman's latest look behind-the-scenes - which showed none other than Meryl Streep.

The photo, shared on Thursday, shows Meryl, Nicole and Cameron and Nicolas Crovetti - the twins who play Celeste's sons Josh and Max - cuddled up around an iPad.

She captioned the picture:

“First day on the set with Meryl and ‘my’ darling boys! #BigLittleLies."

It was confirmed earlier this year that the Oscar winning actress was joining the series as Mary Louise Wright, Celeste's mother-in-law (and Perry's mum).

According to the casting description, Mary Louise arrives in Monterey "concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren" and "searching for answers" about the death of her son, Perry (Alexander Skarsgard).

The role of Mary Louise was actually written for Meryl in particular - so much so that the character and the Oscar winner even share the same first name.

Liane Moriarty explained to the Daily Telegraph how she first approached the producers about casting the role - and the how it came to be.

Whimm report that she told the publication:

"I was about half way through [writing] and I was talking to the producers and I said, I've got this role of Perry's mother and … not quite believing my own audacity, I'd like Meryl to play this character.

"And the producers were laughing at me because they were saying, 'You've become so Hollywood,' as in, picking up the phone and saying, 'Get me Meryl.'

"They were teasing me… but then they were saying, it's not beyond the realm of possibilities because Nicole and Meryl are friends."

Thankfully, it all worked out in the end.

Big Little Lies season two is expected to hit screens in 2019.