Strap on the Manolos and pour yourself a Cosmo because if this casting news doesn’t bring you back to 1998 then nothing will. The Sex and the City revival, And Just Like That…, continues to shape up this week now that the casting of four more original players has been confirmed.
HBO Max has confirmed that when the new limited series returns, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Willie Garson and Evan Handler are returning with it. They’ll join previously confirmed cast members Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie), Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) and Kristen Davis (Charlotte), as well as Chris Noth, who plays Carrie’s husband, Big.
As previously announced, Kim Cattrall will not participate in these 10 new episodes. While it’s unclear how the absence of her character, Samantha Jones, will be addressed onscreen, producers have promised that her presence will be felt. (As it turns out she’s missing out on a $1 million-per-episode payday.)
In the original series, Eigenberg starred as Steve, the father of Miranda’s child and her eventual husband, while Handler played Charlotte’s divorce lawyer-turned-new-husband Harry. Garson was with the show from the beginning as Carrie’s bestie Stanford, and Cantone joined in 2000 as Charlotte’s friend, Anthony.
On the series, Charlotte unsuccessfully tried to set Anthony up with Stanford and the pair had a bit of a rivalry every time they saw each other afterwards. In the first big-screen movie, they appeared to have kissed and made up, however. And in the second film, they got married.
“Everyone at And Just Like That… is thrilled to be able to continue the storylines of these beloved Sex and the City characters with the actors who made them so lovable,” said executive producer Michael Patrick King in a statement confirming the casting.
While there will be plenty of familiar faces to look forward to when the show returns, there will be some new faces too. Last month HBO Max revealed former Grey’s Anatomy fan favourite Sara Ramírez has joined the revival as a new non-binary character named Che Diaz. Che is a comedian who hosts a popular podcast that Carrie regularly appears on.
Sex and the City originally debuted in 1998 on HBO. After 94 episodes, six seasons, and seven primetime Emmy wins the series wrapped its epic run on February 22, 2004. In 2008 the cast reunited for the first big-screen movie, Sex and the City. The theatrical release made more than $415 million worldwide on a $65 million budget.
The powers that be naturally followed that up with a sequel, Sex and the City 2, in 2010. Critics panned it, and although a third film was announced in December 2016 it was eventually axed. When And Just Like That… kicks off, it follows Carrie and co., “As they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.”
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