“Top of the Lake” first premiered at Sundance in 2013 to great acclaim, with Elisabeth Moss going on to win a Golden Globe for her nuanced performance and Jane Campion once again earning raves for her direction. Nicole Kidman will feature prominently the next installment in the series, “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” the first image of which was just released by SundanceTV.
Moss returns as Detective Robin Griffin, who returns to Sydney from New Zealand shortly before the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach. Robin, top-tier gumshoe that she is, realizes that “China Girl” didn’t die alone; one presumes that things get thornier and stranger from there. Kidman, meanwhile, is to co-star as an Australian mother named Julia whose own story intersects with Robin’s.
Campion returns to the directing chair for “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” though this time she’ll be joined by co-director Ariel Kleiman; Campion will also reprise her co-writing duties alongside Gerard Lee. The show will debut on SundanceTV next year.