The Sex and the City revival, titled And Just Like That, has revealed who will replace Kim Catrall's Samantha to star alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis on the hit show.
Greys Anatomy actress Sara Ramirez, 45, will star as Che Diaz, who is described in a statement as "a non-binary, queer stand-up comedian who hosts a podcast on which Carrie Bradshaw is regularly featured".
Che, like Sara, uses gender-neutral pronouns with HBO explaining: "Che is a big presence with a big heart whose outrageous sense of humour and progressive, human overview of gender roles has made them and their podcast very popular"
Executive producer Michael Patrick King added: "Everyone at And Just Like That is beyond thrilled that a dynamically talented actor such as Sara Ramirez has joined the Sex and the City family."
"Sara is a one-of-a-kind talent, equally at home with comedy and drama — and we feel excited and inspired to create this new character for the show."
Fans were ecstatic to see the announcement with one Tweeting: "CAN'T WAIT. Bravo!!!"
"Just tears of joy!" another fan commented.
"*Sighs in relief*," someone else added.
"If they have Sara Ramirez I'm definitely watching," another wrote.
"[Sara] is what SATC needs. This is going to make history and for that I’m proud," one user said.
Sara shared a photo of her script while out in New York with the caption: "And just like that..."
The show will begin filming in New York later this year and will air for ten half-hour episodes.
The series was first announced on January 10 with Sarah Jessica Parker confirming the revival was indeed happening after years of false starts.
The original show aired on HBO for six seasons from 1998 to 2004 and followed best friends Carrie Bradshaw (Parker), Miranda Hobbs (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) las they went about their lives in New York.
The show led to two films, Sex and the City in 2008 and then Sex and the City 2 in 2010, although the second movie was panned by critics, it still earned $378 million worldwide.
A script was created for a third movie, but Kim famously decided she didn't want to be part of it and so it was scrapped.
The actress has been vocal about being done with the franchise. When Sarah announced the revival, she added that she would miss Kim on set.
A fan commented on the announcement: "She didn't tag Samantha Jones," with another replying: "They dislike each other," however, Sarah quickly responded: "No. I don’t dislike her. I’ve never said that. Never would. Samantha isn’t part of this story, but she will always be a part of us. No matter where we are or what we do. X."
Kim told the Daily Mail in 2019 she would "never" work on the franchise again, adding: "You learn lessons in life and my lesson is to do work with good people and try and make it fun."
As for the rest of the cast, they're very excited with Sarah telling TMZ: "[We’re] shooting it in a city that we love and hoping to be part of a city that’s able to support artists and culture and institutions that have been closed down and the businesses that have been hurt [during COVID-19]."
Fan favourite John Corbett, who starred on the show as Aidan has hinted to Page Six he "might be in quite a few" of the new episodes. It is not believed that Chris Noth will return as Mr Big.
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