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'And Just Like That': Why isn't Kim Cattrall part of 'Sex and The City' revival?

HBO's Casey Bloys said that Kim Cattrall's character's absence will be part of the revival of the classic hit 'Sex and The City' storyline
Kim Cattrall in 'Sex and The City' (IMDb)
Kim Cattrall in 'Sex and The City' (IMDb)

It does appear that there is a notable absentee in 'And Just Like That', a ten-episode revival of the classic hit, 'Sex and The City'. Kim Cattrall's Samantha Jones will not be part of the HBO Max series and fans on social media who were hoping against hope were in for some disappointment. And Cattrall has her reasons.

Although they weren't addressed directly, the actress, who played the role for over two decades said she was not reprising a role that she played for well over twenty years and with the shelving of a third 'Sex and the City' film in 2017, she told Piers Morgan in an interview that not being part of the flick was "an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another."


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375026 01: The cast of "Sex And The City," Season 2 Clockwise from top left: Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker. 1999 Paramount Pictures

Then comes that long-standing, strained had a fractured relationship with co-star Sarah Jessica Parker that suggested that the latter had prevented her from interacting and forming bonds with the other key members of the cast Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. Per an Instagram post in 2018, she even labeled Parker "cruel". On the other hand, Parker, who played Carrie Bradshaw always maintained that she and Cattrall remained friends and had a healthy relationship.

Per Harper's Bazaar, HBO's chief content officer, Casey Bloys said that the character's absence will be part of 'And Just Like That's storyline. He said that the series will also address the reality of female friendships and that they don't necessarily last forever. He also added that they weren't intending for a re-doing of 'Sex and The City'. He added that "just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade, and new friendships start. So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life."

Kim Cattrall (Getty Images)

‘Sex And The City’ originally aired in 1998 and went on till 2004 garnering immense eyeballs by the season. The series also led to two movies, but when the third one was in production, Cattrall, who initially showed interest, later backed out, which led to its cancellation. She first told Express: “Of course there should be a third film! I think we would all love it. I mean, what would the story be? To quote Samantha Jones 'if I worried about what every b***h said about me I wouldn't leave the house!’”