The Sex and the City reboot will feature three new black female characters in a call for more diversity … as Sarah Jessica Parker ‘didn’t want to tell a story with an all-white cast’
- Sex and the City reboots And Just Like That will feature three new black female characters, in a call for more diversity, according to a report
- Executive producers Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Patrick King “Didn’t want to tell a story with all-white writers or an all-white cast,” said an HBO Max representative
- Kim Cattrall, who played the iconic character Samantha Jones, is not part of the revival and her absence will be explained
- The original HBO show had been criticized for its lack of diversity in characters and in the writing team
The Sex and the City reboot will feature at least three new black characters and a number of non-white writers working on the script in a call for more diversity on the upcoming HBO show.
The new series, titled And Just Like That, won’t feature Kim Cattrall reprising her iconic role as Samantha Jones, but a report from Monday says it will bring in a host of new characters.
TVLine reports that there are three black female characters who will be regular season guests, expanding the social circle of remaining players Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte, while star Sarah Jessica Parker and producer Michael Patrick King push for a more diverse cast.
A call for more diversity: The Sex and the City reboot will feature three new black characters … as Sarah Jessica Parker ‘didn’t want to tell a story with an all-white cast’
‘[EP Sarah Jessica Parker and King] try to tell an honest story about being a woman in your 50s in New York, ‘Casey Bloys, chief content officer at HBO Max, told TVLine about the new changes.
“So it should all feel a bit organic, and the friends you have when you’re 30 you might not have when you’re 50.”
Bloys added that Parker and King “didn’t want to tell a story with all-white writers or an all-white cast” because “it’s not a reflection of New York.”
Commitment to Diversity: Sex and the City has been criticized in the past for its lack of diversity (Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson pictured above in the 2008 film of the show)
She added, “So they are very much aware of the realization that New York needs to reflect what New York looks like today.”
King returns as the main showrunner, but it was previously reported that this time around he would be joined by non-white writers including comedian and author Samantha Irby, Rachna Fruchbom and Black Lightning writer Keli Goff.
The original HBO show – which spawned six seasons and two hit movies – had previously been criticized for the lack of diversity in both characters and on the writing team.
HBO Max rep Bloys also explained Cattrall’s absence, although it’s clear she won’t be ‘killed’ in the new series.
Bloys said, ‘Just like in real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade and new friendships start. So I think it’s all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life. ‘
Original Lineup: Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Sarah Jessica Parker will not be joined by Kim Cattrall in their hit show revival