We have our first look at Meryl Streep in Only Murders in the Building – and fans are here for it

First look of Meryl Streep in Only Murders in the Building.

Fans have been given their first official glimpse of the third season of Only Murders in the Building – including a look at Oscar-winning Meryl Streep who is joining the cast of the comedy drama.

The series, which has won three Primetime Emmys, follows apartment residents, Mabel (Selena Gomez), Oliver (Martin Short) and Charles-Hayden (Steve Martin) who team up to solve murders and start a true crime podcast in the process.

It has seen huge critical and fan success, with guest stars including Cara Delevingne, Nathan Lane, Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, Shirley MacLaine and Paul Rudd.

Streep’s involvement was announced on social media in January.

Gomez posted a video from the set which shows Streep, who won her first Academy Award 43 years ago, popping up from behind a sofa. At the time, fans shared their excitement and the latest teaser proves they were right to be hyped.

In the trailer, we see Rudd’s character, Ben, dramatically die on stage as our three protagonists are plunged into yet another murder mystery.

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We first saw Rudd at the end of season two, during a flash forward, so viewers know this series will be following the events before and after his death.

“Who are we without a homicide?” Mabel sagely asks the other two. The narrator then says: “One of the best shows in television is back, with a surprise you never saw coming.”

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This is followed by the sight of Streep’s character sitting at a desk, gasping: “Oh my God, it’s me. Oh, I’m sorry, it’s me, isn’t it?”

Nine seconds of perfection.

People have put the pieces together and concluded that Streep’s character is called Loretta, who is likely to have appeared on stage with Ben when he died during the opening night of a play. But could she also be a potential suspect?

We even get a small clip of Ben shouting: “I’m psyched. I’m so psyched.” And so are fans.

“Paul Rudd, Meryl Streep, Oh my God, season three is sweeping those awards,” one fan wrote.

Another added: “Selena Gomez and Meryl Streep together is everything,”

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Only Murders in the Building season one and two are available to stream on Disney+. There is no release date yet for season three.

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