'Sex and the City' Reboot to Add Several New Characters Including 3 Women of Color

Wednesday May 5, 2021
Originally published on May 4, 2021

From left to right: Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis arrive at the 2008 Point Foundation Benefit in New York.
From left to right: Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis arrive at the 2008 Point Foundation Benefit in New York.  (Source:AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

There's a big shakeup coming to the "Sex and the City" reboot, called "And Just Like That...," TVLine reports.

With Kim Cattrall not returning to reprise her role as Samantha Jones, the upcoming HBO Max show will add several new characters to expand the social circle of Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and three of the newbies will be women of color.

The casting is in an effort to make the show more inclusive as the original "SATC" has often come under fire for its lack of diversity. TVLine writes "half of forthcoming sequel series's writing team (led by returning showrunner Michael Patrick King) will be comprised of non-white scribes." Of the casting announcement, the website adds the new actors "will help fill the void left by Kim Cattrall's Samantha, whose absence is expected to be explained in the opening episode."

Back in February, HBO exec Casey Bloys revealed that Cattrall's Samantha won't be killed off in the show but said her relationship with the main cast simply fell apart.

"Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave," he told TVLine at the time. "Friendships fade, and new friendships start. So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life."

He added that the reboot, called "And Just Like That," is about the women growing up.

"They're not trying to say that these characters are reliving their 30s," Bloys went on to say. "It is very much a story about women in their 50s, and they are dealing with things that people deal with in their 50s. They're trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her 50s in New York. So it should all feel somewhat organic, and the friends that you have when you're 30, you may not have when you're 50."

It was also recently reported that John Corbett will be back to play Carrie's ex-boyfriend Aiden.

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