And Just Like That... The Men From 'SATC' Join Revival, but Iconic Costume Designer Heads to 'Paris'

Friday May 21, 2021

From left to right: Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis arrive at the 2008 Point Foundation Benefit in New York.
From left to right: Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis arrive at the 2008 Point Foundation Benefit in New York.  (Source:AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

After playing coy, actors Chris Noth and David Eigenberg — who play Carrie Bradshaw's (Sarah Jessica Parker) husband, Big, and Miranda Hobbes' (Cynthia Nixon) husband, Steve, respectively — are joining HBO Max's "Sex and the City" revival, "And Just Like That...," the Daily Mail has learned.

It was previously reported that Noth and Eigenberg would possibly sit out the reboot despite John Corbett confirming his return to the franchise as Carrie's ex-fiancé, Aidan. But an anonymous senior production source told the Daily Mail that "viewers will definitely see Big, Aiden and Steve." However, the report does not mention if Evan Handler — who plays Charlotte York's (Kristin Davis) husband Harry — will return.

The Daily Mail source also claims that Patricia Field, the infamous costume designer behind Carrie's iconic wardrobe, won't be returning for the revival as she's working on the second season of Netflix's "Emily in Paris," which is also helmed by "SATC" creator Darren Star.

"This is a first for the show as the clothes for the sixth season and two movies were all styled by Patricia," said the source.

The source, who says Field will be replaced by Molly Rogers, went on to add: "Fans can rest assured this will work as she worked under Patricia for the series' original run as the stylist. Her credits are also impressive with costume design work on 'The Devil Wears Prada' and 'Ugly Betty.'"

The insider also offered insight into how the show will deal with the absence of Kim Cattrall, who will not be reprising her fan-favorite character, Samantha Jones. As previously reported, HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys said the show would write Samantha out, simply stating that "friendships fade" and assured they won't be killing off the character.

The Daily Mail's source suggested that Carrie and Samantha's falling out will be inspired by the feud between the real-life Parker and Cattrall, saying Samantha will be written off the show as "having had her friendship move in a different direction to the other three women."

Additionally, the source said the revival "is in advanced pre-production, finishing touches are being made to scripts now and it's due to start filming in NYC in the summer," adding that even though "And Just Like That..." was pitched as a one-off, there could be more seasons to come.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Tony Award-winning singer and actor Sara Ramírez will join the revival as Che Diaz (they/them), the show's first non-binary character, playing "a nonbinary, queer stand-up comedian who hosts a podcast on which Carrie is regularly featured," The Hollywood Reporter explained, adding: "Che is a big presence with a big heart whose outrageous sense of humor and progressive, human overview of gender roles has made them and their podcast very popular."

As previously reported, those involved with "And Just Like That..." are aiming to make the show more diverse with a more inclusive writers' room. There are also plans to expand the main characters' social circle by adding six additional characters, including three women of color.