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Nicole Ari Parker says SATC reboot And Just Like That will include storylines that ‘deal with race’

Nicole Ari Parker has revealed that the Sex and the City revival series And Just Like That…will address race during its upcoming ten-episode run on HBO Max.

According to a report from Variety, the 51-year-old Empire star said that the show will include storylines that deal with issues around race.

‘I’m excited to be a part of something that’s different for them,’ Nicole told Variety.  

New storylines: Nicole Ari Parker has revealed that the Sex and the City revival series And Just Like That…will address race during its upcoming ten-episode run on HBO Max. Seen in October 2021

The Boogie Nights actress continued, ‘We can talk about the elephant in the room that there were no fully fleshed-out characters of color, but now here’s the four of us. 

Nicole was one of the new cast members of color that joined the reboot along with Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury and Karen Pittman. The original show has been criticized by some for lacking ethnic diversity.

She went on to say, ‘We’re real people, and they’ve been great to work with, and some of our [storylines] deal with race and deal with real experiences. It’s New York City!’ 

Diverse cast: Nicole was one of the new cast members of color that joined the reboot along with Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury and Karen Pittman. The original show has been criticized by some for lacking ethnic diversity. See on the And Just Like That...set in August 2021

Diverse cast: Nicole was one of the new cast members of color that joined the reboot along with Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury and Karen Pittman. The original show has been criticized by some for lacking ethnic diversity. See on the And Just Like That…set in August 2021

The Baltimore native also assured fans that the reboot will follow in the steps of its predecessor by featuring several steamy romances.    

‘We’re grown-ass women, so we know how to keep it sexy,’ Nicole said.’It’s piping hot.’

Nicole’s casting was announced in July. She will play Lisa Todd Wexley, a mother-of-three and documentary-maker who is Carrie’s new best friend. Lisa is married to hedge-fund billionaire Jackson Herbert Wexley, played by Hamilton actor Christopher Jackson  

Exciting: Nearly two decades after the groundbreaking series broadcast its final episode, the reboot, called And Just Like That…, promises to introduce a new generation of women to the delights of Cosmopolitan cocktails, Jimmy Choos and Mr Big

Exciting: Nearly two decades after the groundbreaking series broadcast its final episode, the reboot, called And Just Like That…, promises to introduce a new generation of women to the delights of Cosmopolitan cocktails, Jimmy Choos and Mr Big

The Mail on Sunday reported in July that Nicole will replace Kim Cattrall’s Samantha Jones as a key member of the ‘gang of four’.

Important role: The Mail on Sunday reported in July that Nicole will replace Kim Cattrall's Samantha Jones as a key member of the 'gang of four.' Seen in July 2021

Important role: The Mail on Sunday reported in July that Nicole will replace Kim Cattrall’s Samantha Jones as a key member of the ‘gang of four.’ Seen in July 2021

The Soul Food star’s central role was hinted at when Sarah posted a stunning picture of herself on set embracing Cynthia Nixon, who plays whip-smart lawyer Miranda, Kristin Davis, who plays Charlotte, and a beaming Nicole.

‘Oh so fine,’ wrote 56-year-old actress, who is reportedly earning more than $1 million an episode. ‘I’d sing along to 70s love songs with this trio deep into any night. I’ll see you ladies tomorrow!’ 

Casey Bloys, HBO’s chief content officer, said: ‘The new show is very much a story about women in their 50s and they are dealing with things that people deal with in their 50s. Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade and new friendships start.’

A source close to the show told the MoS: ‘Everyone has been saying there can never be another Samantha but, actually, Nicole’s character is very much inhabiting that space. She’s someone who has come into Carrie’s life in the decades since the original show ended.

‘They are fast friends and the character of Lisa bears more than a passing resemblance to Samantha. She’s feisty and fearless. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She knows what she wants in life and in the bedroom. She’s Carrie’s best friend and an integral part of the plot of the new series. She’s slipped very easily into the foursome.’

Kim Cattrall, 64, opted not to reprise her role as Samantha after years of feuding with Sarah.

The original foursome: Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall – she will not be reprising her role as Samantha

The original foursome: Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall – she will not be reprising her role as Samantha

Ramirez, a Mexican-born non-binary actor will play Che Diaz. Pittman will play Dr Nya Wallace, a black law professor, and Choudhury will take on the role of Seema Patel, a real estate broker.

LeRoy McClain will appear as Andre Rashad Wallace, husband of Nya Wallace, and Cathy Ang will play Charlotte’s adopted daughter Lily.

Executive producer Michael Patrick King said: ‘Each will add their unique spark and big heart to these new characters and the stories we are about to tell.’

For years, despite the public spats, producers insisted the door would always be left open for Kim should she ever choose to come back as Samantha.


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