Who is replacing Kim Cattrall in Sex and the City?
Nicole Ari Parker has been billed to replace Kim Cattrall in the Sex and the City reboot, after the backlash that accompanied the news that the era-defining show's most iconic character was done with the series. The GuardianNicole Ari Parker to join Sex and the City reboot in place of Kim Cattrall
23 August, 2021 - 06:05am
While disappointing for fans, it seems the producers have swiftly moved on and replaced her role as Samantha Jones. Yesterday (August 22), The Guardian reported that Nicole Ari Parker will join the cast as the fourth member of the iconic New York friendship group. Ari Parker, who’s known for her roles in Empire and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, will play documentary filmmaker Lisa Todd Wexley, Carrie Bradshaw’s new BFF.
Though there’s no further details about Parker’s casting, a TikTok shared earlier this month may have discovered what happened to Jones in the new SATC script. A passerby who saw the cast filming what appears to be a funeral scene has speculated that the writers have killed off the straight shooting, sexaholic PR executive.
“I was walking down the street in New York City and saw a huge crowd and realised they were filming for Sex and the City,” TikToker Evan Kline says in the video. “But everyone was wearing all black. Is it for Samantha’s funeral?”
Cattrall isn’t the only person not returning for the series’ reboot – legendary costume designer Patricia Field is unfortunately too busy to dress Carrie Bradshaw and gang, as she’s swapped the glamour of SATC for the chaotic, avant basic fashion of Emily in Paris.
Other former cast members set to reprise their roles are love interests Chris Noth (Mr Big) – whose character is set for more drama with Carrie – John Corbett (Aiden), David Eigenberg (Steve), and Evan Handler (Harry). Mr Big’s exes are also making an appearance, including Bridget Moynahan (Natasha) and Noelle Beck (Barbara), as are hubbies Willie Garson (Stanford) and Mario Cantone (Anthony).
Sara Ramíez has joined the cast as the show’s first non-binary character Che Diaz, a stand-up comic and podcaster, whose podcast will discuss gender and sexual fluidity, and will feature Carrie as a regular guest star.
As you mourn the loss of Samantha Jones (whether she’s officially died or not), look back at her PR firm’s rival SATC spin-off pitch here.
Samantha Jones can never die 🥺
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Parker will be playing Carrie’s new BFF, documentarian Lisa Todd Wexley. She joins Sara Ramirez, Karen Pittman, and Sarita Choudhury in supporting roles on the show. Like many of the ’90s New York comedies, SATC has been criticized for turning one of the most diverse cities in the world into a place with the ethnic makeup of a 1950s country club. “That show was as white as it gets,” said Every Outfit on Sex and the City Instagram co-creator Chelsea Fairless. “They didn’t ever have a person of color as a series regular.” The same criticism has been leveled at Friends. (Yet the world remains silent on Caroline in the City.) Having a woman of color in the core four is a big step in making the world of And Just Like That … resemble the world in which we all live.
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Ari Parker will be playing Carrie Bradshaw’s new best friend, Lisa Todd Wexley, a documentary filmmaker, according to The Guardian. Ari Parker is known for her roles in Fox’s Empire and Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 film Boogie Nights.
Ari Parker’s Wexley will be the friend group’s new fourth member for the revival, called Just Like That …, which is set to be executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon—all of whom appeared in the original series—and writer Michael Patrick King.
The new HBO Max show was announced back in January with Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, saying, “I grew up with these characters, and I can’t wait to see how their story has evolved in this new chapter, with the honesty, poignancy, humor and the beloved city that has always defined them.”
“Not for me. That was part of turning 60,” Cattrall said in 2017 regarding passing on the opportunity to shoot more films. “That was a very clear moment of how many years do I have left and what do I want to do with it? What haven’t I done? I feel that the show was the best when it was the series and the bonus was the two movies.”
After the reboot announcement, the show also saw backlash due to its largely white cast. In addition to Ari Parker’s new role, a few other people of color have been added to the cast, like Sara Ramirez, Karen Pittman, and Sarita Choudhury.