Samantha Jones might not be the only character missing from “Sex and the City” when the beloved HBO franchise returns later this year.
If New York Post Page Six is right, Chris Noth will not be reprising his role as Mr. Big in “And Just Like That …”, the highly anticipated HBO Max cover of “Sex and the City” which will be released later this month. year. The actor, whose other credits include “Law & Order” and “The Good Wife,” played the love role of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw on all six seasons of “Sex and the City” and its two subsequent films.
The report also suggests that actor David Eigenberg, who played Steve Brady, is still negotiating whether he will join the 10-episode series.
HBO Max did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment on the report, which has since been corroborated by “The Today Show” and New York Magazine, among others.
The news came as a blow to many “SATC” fans, some of whom have previously expressed grievances over Kim Cattrall’s well-publicized absence as Samantha on the project.
“The new Sex and the City looks like a mess,” a person wrote. “How do they explain the absence of such crucial characters? Are they all giving them COVID-19? ” Adding another: “No Samantha, no Big, NO POINT.”
Those who are particularly familiar with the history of “Sex and the City” may not be so surprised. In 2018, journalist James Andrew Miller reported that Mr. Big was supposed to die of a heart attack in “Sex and the City 3”, although it is not clear whether the new series will draw inspiration from this scenario now. faded away.
That same year, Noth himself criticized the previous two films in an interview for Miller’s “Origins” podcast. “I really hate cheesy stuff and maybe that’s because I’m a little cynical,” he said, pointing to a scene from the first movie. “I just hate cornball shit and thought it was really sentimental and too romantic without any realism.”
Still, he didn’t rule out eventually returning to the “SATC” universe, noting, “I’m a team player.”
While it remains to be seen whether “And just like that …” will portray Samantha (and, now, allegedly Mr. Big) severing her ties with Carrie, HBO Max’s content director Casey Bloys offered a simple explanation. at the beginning of the month regarding the prospect.
“Just like in real life, people come into your life, people leave,” Bloys told TVLine. “They’re trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her 50s in New York City. So everything should feel a bit organic, and friends you have at 30 may not have at 50. ”
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