* According to the HBO press release, most of the cast is expected to return and contract negotiations are underway.
* Witherspoon and Kidman are also signed on to return as stars and executive producers.
* Veteran TV writer-producer David E. Kelley will write the entire season based on a story created by Liane Moriarty, the author of the novel Big Little Lies.
* Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed the first season, will retain his role as an executive producer.
* Auditions are underway for four new characters and that production will occur between March and August.
* New characthers, including a new employee in the school administration office who befriends Jane (Shailene Woodley). Eventually, the two women learn about each other’s “deepest secrets.”
* Bonnie’s parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard. Elizabeth is described as someone who has passed on her outwardly Zen qualities to her daughter Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), but ultimately reveals herself to be controlling and abusive. Martin is emotionally distant toward his daughter, but a family emergency forces him to address the strain between them.