Today, HBO Max announced that Sara Ramírez will join the cast of its highly anticipated Sex and the City sequel, And Just Like That… as a series regular, and I gotta admit, I’m not not intrigued.
The Tony Award winner, who identifies as non-binary, will play queer, non-binary comedian and podcast host Che Diaz, who apparently invites Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), a woman for whom bisexuality was too freaky, onto their show all the time for some reason. (I mean, I guess someone has to rep that straight cis vanilla monogamist perspective for the children.) HBO describes Ramírez’ character as “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.”
The new series will see the return of Carrie along with besties Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) as they navigate life in their 50s, having murdered their husbands and taken up witchcraft. Kidding re: that last part, but can you imagine!?
Since the revival was announced in January, fans have been desperate to find out how the new series will address the absence of original cast member Kim Cattrall’s character, Samantha Jones. But what I’m more curious about is how executive producer Michael Patrick King et al. are going to explain the sudden presence of so many Black and brown people in Carrie Bradshaw’s infamously whitewashed version of New York. Earlier this month, it was reported that of the half-dozen new characters who will manage to infiltrate Carrie and co.’s cliquish coffee klatsch, fully three of them will be genuine for-real women of color. Three! The times they truly have a-changed.
Look, all (extremely valid) snark aside, I generally think of Sex and the City as a relic of the early aughts, a time when exploring the love lives of four wealthy, fashion-obsessed, white women seemed like a great, totally worthwhile way to spend a Sunday night. To say I’m skeptical of this new show’s ability to meet our radically different moment with sex puns and couture as sight gags is a Mr. Big-sized understatement. But … what am I gonna do? Not watch Sara Ramírez’ character break Carrie Bradshaw’s brain?