After we were teased with leaked rumours in December 2020 of a Sex And The City reboot, Sarah Jessica Parker et al. have now officially confirmed that our favourite New York City-dwelling women are returning to our screens for a 10-episode revival, titled And Just Like That…
Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis all shared the same initial trailer to their Instagram pages, with SJP (Carrie Bradshaw) captioning hers: ‘I couldn’t help but wonder… where are they now? X, SJ’.
While Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes in the show, captioned hers with: ‘You, me, New York…anything is possible’ and Kristin Davis aka Charlotte York wrote: ‘Anything is possible…. Meet you there!’
Who will star in And Just Like That…?
While the aforementioned three can definitely be expected to star in the upcoming Sex And The City reboot, Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in the original series and movies, won’t be joining her fellow actresses for the revival of the show. She previously told the Mail Online that she would ‘never’ return to the franchise for another series or third movie.
Fans have guessed various ways Samantha might have been written out of the show, including her death. However, insiders have now revealed to the Mail Online it’s been left so that there’s room for Samantha to return. It seems as though in the script, Carrie and Samantha have had a fallout, which is why they no longer see each other.
The insiders said: ‘We get into her absence very quickly… Viewers will learn that Samantha and Carrie have fallen out over Carrie firing Samantha as her publicist and that they no longer talk. This effectively ends their personal relationship. You’ll see as the series progresses over the 10 episodes that Carrie misses her friend and wants to repair the relationship.’
It was later revealed that Samantha will have moved to London. ‘Sending her to Los Angeles wasn’t an option as we’d done that in the first movie, so having her character based in London really was the perfect way to keep her alive and explain her absence,’ the insiders said.
‘Viewers will learn that she is thriving in England even though she has fallen out with Carrie.’ Apparently, at the end of the season, Carrie will make a grand gesture to get Samantha back.
Meanwhile, Page Six had previously reported that Chris Noth also would not be reprising his role as Carrie Bradshaw’s on-off love interest (and eventually husband) Mr Big, much to many a fan’s disappointment. The actor then shared some cryptic messages on social media that hinted towards the fact that the rumour wasn’t true.
Turns out, the initial reports were wrong and Mr Big will be back for the new series. Executive producer Michael Patrick King said in a statement: ‘I’m thrilled to be working with Chris again on And Just Like That. How could we ever do a new chapter of the Sex And The City story without our Mr. Big?’
The And Just Like That Instagram account confirmed Miranda’s husband, Steve (played by David Eigenberg), would also be back. The official account for the reboot show also confirmed Evan Handler, who played Charlotte’s husband Harry, will return, too. Willie Garson, who sadly died earlier this year, will be starring as Carrie’s BFF Stanford Blatch again, while Mario Cantone will be back as Charlotte’s go-to pal Anthony Marentino.
John Corbett announced he will be appearing in the reboot. Corbett, who played Carrie’s ex-fiancé Aidan Shaw, described his involvement in the show as ‘very exciting,’ to Page Six.
It was revealed in May that Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramírez is also joining the cast. Sara will have a recurring role as a queer and nonbinary podcaster named Che Diaz, who regularly has Carrie on their show. Bridget Moynahan, who played Mr Big’s ex wife Natasha, has also been spotted on the set.
The show hasn’t forgotten about Charlotte and Miranda’s kids, either. Cathy Ang has been cast as Charlotte and Harry’s eldest daughter Lily Goldenblatt, while Alexa Swinton will play her younger sister Rose.
Niall Cunningham will play Miranda and Steve’s son, Brady. But get this, not-so-baby Brady has a girlfriend now! Her name is Luisa and she’ll be played by Cree Cicchino.
Sarah Jessica Parker shared this sweet snap, revealing yet another cast member – Nicole Ari Parker. The three original SATC women cuddled up to Nicole for the photo, and it looks like she could almost be replacing Samantha with how close they all are.
Nicole will be playing a character named Lisa Todd Wexley, who’s a ‘documentarian and Park Avenue mother of three’.
What is the plot of And Just Like That…?
So what can we expect from this new limited series? So far we know that it will comprise of 10 half hour episodes that will air on streaming service HBO Max.
The full-length trailer was released on 30 November and we can just about contain ourselves. Plenty is suggested about where our beloved Carrie is at in her life, who is shown looking rather loved up with Mr. Big. Don’t believe everything you see on the internet though, as fans are already suspecting it could be flashback scenes to throw us off the scent.
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The plot has been left vague for now, with a statement from HBO saying the series will ‘follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their thirties to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their fifties.’
Additionally, while the series has been criticised in the past for its lack of diversity, the producers have vowed to make the reboot ‘as racially diverse and colourful as New York city itself’.
A source close to the production told The Mail on Sunday: ‘It’s ridiculous that life in a melting-pot like New York was portrayed solely through the eyes of white women.
‘Samantha isn’t coming back but we are introducing two new characters, strong and feisty women of colour, who will help introduce the show to a new generation of viewers and more accurately reflect the world we live in.’
They added: ‘It’s time for the show to reflect the faces and lives of real women in New York in 2021.’
And this sentiment has been backed up by new cast member Nicole Ari Parker, who confirmed to Variety that the storylines will address race: ‘I’m excited to be a part of something that’s different for them,’ Nicole said. ‘We can talk about the elephant in the room that there were no fully fleshed-out characters of colour, but now here’s the four of us [Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury and Karen Pittman are also joining the cast]. We’re real people, and they’ve been great to work with, and some of our [storylines] deal with race and deal with real experiences. It’s New York City!’
A first-look photo of And Just Like That… was shared on 9 July showing the Sex and the City ladies will be as well-dressed as ever. We didn’t realise how much we missed seeing these three strutting down the New York streets until now.
In July, part of the reboot script was leaked and revealed some upsetting news for Carrie and Mr Big fans. According to Page Six, it seems to show the on-and-off-again couple have called it quits on their marriage and are stuck in a bitter divorce.
In the leaked scene, Carrie is having lunch with Stanford, Miranda and Charlotte. She says: ‘I was taping the podcast, I was washing my hair. Yes, I wasn’t eating or sleeping, but at least I felt good about my marriage. Now I’m just one of the wives he was taking care of?’
If this snap from set is anything to go by, it looks like Carrie and Big definitely aren’t on good terms.
The possibility of Carrie and Big calling it quits for good was given even more weight in October, when snaps of Carrie kissing a mystery man were revealed. We’re not sure how to feel about this, but we desperately need to know who he is and what his intentions are.
When will And Just Like That… air?
The official And Just Like That… Instagram account announced that we can expect the series to land on HBO Max on 9 December, via a video of Sarah Jessica Parker revealing the exciting news.
Of course, HBO Max is a streaming service for those in the US. But luckily, it’s been confirmed that SATC fans in the UK will also be able to catch the new series on Sky Comedy and streaming service NOW TV from 9 December.
Following on from all of the positive reaction to the series, there are apparently talks of a second season of the reboot going on before the first one has even aired. According to a senior production source, executive producers Michael Patrick King and Sarah Jessica Parker want to film more episodes considering the response so far has been ‘overwhelmingly positive’.
The source told Daily Mail: ‘Michael and SJP have plans for this to be more than a limited ten episode run on HBO Max, so expect to see a second season announced soon.’ They also added that the ‘door is open’ for Kim Cattrall to return as Samantha Jones.
For now, we wait with baited breath (and our Manolos poised)…