When Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker announced a new reboot of the iconic New York comedy-drama on her Instagram earlier this year, fans were eager to find out which characters would be coming back for the new series And Just Like That.
Early on, HBO Max confirmed that Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) are all on board, while the show’s fourth main character Samantha (Kim Catrell) won’t be returning. John Corbott – Carrie’s carpenter boyfriend Aidan – is also confirmed, though who knows if he’ll still be wearing his ghastly turquoise rings this time around.
Other actors have been busy dropping hints.Willie Garson, who played Carrie’s best friend Stanford, has dropped some fairly big ones about his involvement, and while David Eigenberg (Miranda’s boyfriend Steve Brady) isn’t officially confirmed yet, the actor has been speaking to show producers.
Meanwhile, we couldn’t help but wonder… where is Mr Big?
And now we have answers – Chris Noth, who played Carrie’s leading love interest, has officially joined the cast. The pair’s on-off relationship was a crucial plotline in the original iteration of Sex and the City, and they later marry in the films. “How could we ever do a new chapter of the Sex and the City story without our Mr. Big?” said executive producer Michael Patrick King in a statement.
The news comes after speculation that Mr Big would be killed off in a revival. Back in 2018, Hollywood Reporter reported the character – also known as John James – would die in Sex and The City 3. The third installment of the film never materialised, however, and Noth denied the rumours. “Everything changes,” he posted on Instagram, “including announcements in the rags."
Sarah Jessica Parker, meanwhile, has shed a little more light on how the reboot –which catches up with Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte in the present day – will reflect life in 2021. The show is set to address the corona-virus pandemic, she told Vanity Fair. "[Corona-virus will] obviously be part of the storyline, because that’s the city [these characters] live in," she says. "And how has that changed relationships once friends disappear? I have great faith that the writers are going to examine it all."